GET HELP & SUPPORT - CYBERBULLYING
Call 911 if you or a friend are in danger or at risk of immediate harm.
What to Report
- Anyone you don’t know who asks you for personal information, photos, or videos.
- Inappropriate or obscene material.
- Misleading URLs on the Internet that point you to sites containing harmful or inappropriate materials instead of what you were looking for.
- Anyone who sends you photos or videos containing obscene content of individuals 18 and younger (the possession, manufacturing, or distributing of child pornography is illegal).
- Anyone who asks you to meet in person for sexual activities (no one should be making sexual invitations to you online – and it’s an especially serious crime for adults to do it).1
If any of the above happens to you or a friend, tell an adult you trust and report it to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline at cybertipline.com.
Notice – Recognize any changes in a child’s mood during use of their digital devices.
Talk – Ask questions to learn what is happening, how it started, and who is involved.
Document – Keep a record of what is happening and where. Take screenshots.
Report – Most social media platforms and schools have policies and reporting processes, or report it to the police if it is a potential crime or illegal behavior.
Support – Peers, mentors, and trusted adults can sometimes intervene publicly or privately.1
Don't give cyberbullying an audience. If you or a friend are being cyberbullied, DON'T respond. Block and report the user. TELL AN ADULT.
Teen Guidelines for Dealing with Cyberbullies
- Screenshot the negative posts for evidence, then hide or delete them.
- Ignore the posts. If there’s no response, the bully will often move on.
- Ask your friends to stand up for you online, but don’t start a fight.
- Block the bully from your social media accounts.
- Report the abuse to the social media site.
- Notify your parents. The sooner you get help from an adult, the better.
- Notify school administration.
- Call the police if the bully is threatening you or continues to harass you.
8 Tips for Protecting Children and Teens Online, by Carey Davis
App for Parents
App for Teens & Schools
Know Bullying App | Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying.
The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying.
Take a few minutes and “check in,” by asking about school, their friends, and any challenges they face. KnowBullying has simple conversation starters to begin a discussion with your child.
STOPit App | One version empowers their kids and the second version enables schools to empower their entire student body to fight cyberbullying. STOPit is designed to:
– Safely and confidentially report cyberbullying incidents to school administrators and trusted adults.
– Become an upstander rather than a bystander by reporting cyberbullying attacks against friends or schoolmates.
– Reach out for emotional and psychological support.
– Document electronic transmissions for future investigation.
– Preloaded schools database includes public and private K-12 as well as Colleges and Universities.
IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS OR NEED HELP, CALL THIS TOLL-FREE NUMBER: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
**If you are in crisis and need help: call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, every day . You will reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a service available to anyone. You may call for yourself or for someone you care about, and all calls are confidential. You can also visit the Lifeline’s website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org .
ADDITIONAL HOTLINES AND RESOURCES FOR DEPRESSED TEENS AND THEIR FAMILIES:
- National Adolescent Suicide Hotline: 1-800-621-4000
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
- Contact for suicide helplines outside of the U.S. Befrienders Worldwide
- National Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance: 1-800-826-3632
- National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-621-4000
- Nineline.org hotline for children and teens: 1-800-999-9999