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In the old days, bullies tended to be large, mean looking males, who know how to use their fists. These days, a cyberbully can be male or female, of any size and shape, and they only need enough strength to use a keyboard. To keep cyberbullies from ruining your child’s day, you and your child just need to exercise a little common sense.
- Don’t encourage anyone to use the Internet to bully someone.
- If you can’t say something nice about someone in an email, IM, chat room, or anywhere else on the Internet, then don’t say it at all.
- Don’t email or publish online any embarrassing photographs, videos, or audio recordings.
- If you know that someone is being bullied online, tell someone.
- Don’t send emails or other online messages that threaten a person.
- Don’t send emails or other online messages that use foul or abusive language.
- Don’t send or post angry messages online.
- Follow family rules about online behavior.
- Follow school rules about online behavior.
- If you receive a threatening or harassing message, tell someone, especially a teacher or parent.
Just remember, cyberbullying is an online risk that can’t be stopped by software or hardware. It can only be prevented by you.
Often there is a thin line between cyber bulling and cyber crime – for those interested in a career fighting crime there is a masters in criminal justice available online.
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