Cyberbullying is using any technology to hurt another person. There are a lot ways to be a cyberbully:
Take action against people who send you hurtful posts or messages. Think about who the person is and what they are trying to do with the mean messages. You have options:
Think before you post! It’s really easy to get caught up in the moment when you’re online. You might write something that’s really funny at the time but not so funny looking back. What you say can really hurt someone.
Take a minute and look at what you typed before you post it. Do you really want to be saying this? Would you be ok with your parents or grandparents seeing what you post? Just don’t post it if the meanness, the words, or anything about it would hurt someone or give people a negative view of you.
What you do post can also come back to get you. Everything you post can be found and shared all over the internet. You might not realize how fast you’re post can travel around and be used in ways you didn’t imagine. Think! Will this post get me in trouble with my school? With my family? People who might hire me for a job?
Bottom Line: If you’re not sure about posting something, DON’T!
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Sexting is using mobile devises to send sexual messages, photos, or videos. Sexting is dangerous. It seems private, but there is no guarantee that it stays private. A sexy text, picture, or video that you send might find its way to more people than the one person you send it to. Even if the person says they won’t share it, you can’t be certain. They might lie to you to get you to sext them. They also might mean to keep it private but lose control of it if a friend steals their phone and looks in it. JUST DON”T DO IT!!
Some people make friends online. It’s nice because it’s such an easy place to chat with people. But it isn’t always safe. Do your really know who exactly you’re chatting with, even if they are a friend of a friend? The person on the other end might be using a fake name or different pictures to hide who they really are. There are people who might want to embarrass you, hurt you, use your personal information for their benefit, or make sexual advances on you.
Make sure you don’t post any private info about yourself. Keep your Facebook profile only available for people you actually know. Untag pictures of you unless you want anyone to be able to see them. Never tell people your address, phone number, email address or school name. Never give out passwords to your online accounts (if you ever do this for some reason, change them again asap!). If someone you’re chatting asks for any of this, tell an adult like a parent, teacher, or school counselor. If you are confused about what to do and aren’t sure who to talk to, we are always available to talk at 1-855-201-2121.