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Cyberbullying

"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is targeted, (tormented, threatened, harassed or humiliated) by another minor using internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It typically occurs repeatedly, is often motivated by anger, frustration, jealousy or ego and the methods used are only limited by the child's imagination. Cyberbullying posts can be very hurtful, rude and embarrassing and may even involve threats of physical harm or death. Recent statistics show that Cyberbullying is more prevalent than bullying. The motives and nature of cyberbullying differ from typical school bullying. It is 24/7, in some cases anonymous and highly pervasive.
 
Children that Cyberbully can be charged as juvenile delinquents. Unrelenting teens may face a misdemeanor, cyber-harassment charge. At 16 years of age, the child can be prosecuted as an adult.
 
What you may not know is that Cyberbullying must be contact between two minors, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another child. Once adults are involved it becomes cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. The work place is a real hot spot for cyber-harassment.  This kind of behavior in the work place makes it impossible to create a healthy environment that fosters teamwork, positive results and productivity. 
 
Here are some tips to recognize and manage Cyberbullying and Cyber-Harassment: 


  • If you don't know the person sending the email, do not open it!

  • Always take a screen shot of the email message or text so you have proof that it happened and put a block on all future emails.

  • When writing or posting live by these words: If you wouldn't say it to the person's face don't send it!  Don't hide behind your devices. 

  • Report all incidents to your parents, teachers and administrators or a Human Resources representative in the workplace. Keep reporting until someone listens and responds.