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Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying involves a person or group bullying someone else by use of computers, cellphones, and other devices to hurt, embarrass, or intimidate that person. Examples include: mean texts, pranking, hacking, being rude or mean, spreading secrets or rumours, and pretending to be someone else.

Reports suggest that 25-50% of students (grade 4 through high school) in Ontario have been cyber bullied

Cyber bullying is different from other forms of bullying:

Cyber bullying is a 24/7 phenomena... the victim may feel there is no escape.

Cyber bullying can have harmful effects on health and well-being. It can lead to poor self-esteem, lower school grades, mental health problems, use of drugs or alcohol, and even suicide.

Signs a child may be experiencing cyber bullying if he or she:

If a child shows any of these warning signs, it is important to talk together and look into the problem to determine whether cyber bullying is occurring and to offer help.

Types of Cyberbullying

 Strategies to deal with cyberbullying:

Cyber bullying can be challenging for parents to notice as it can happen anywhere and at any time, but a parent’s awareness is key to preventing it and detecting it.

How to Prepare or Help Your Child

Resources