2012-09-21 / Top Stories

NYPD Cyber Bullying Tips

Cyber Bullying is a real threat. The Bureau of Justice Statistics ranks New York as the #2 state in the US with the highest overall level of bullying, and according to a recent survey 88 percent of social media using teenagers say they have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social networking site.

So what exactly is Cyber Bullying? Online bullying, called cyber bullying, happens when the Internet, cell phones, or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Whether you’ve been a victim of cyber bullying, know someone who has been cyber bullied, or have even cyber bullied yourself, there are steps you can take to stop cyber bullying and stay cyber-safe.

Here are some steps you can take:

· Refuse to pass along cyber bullying messages · Tell friends to stop cyber bullying

· Block communication with cyber bullies · Report cyber bullying to a trusted adult, including school officials

You can also help prevent cyber bullying by:
· Speaking with other students, as well as teachers and school administrators, to develop rules against cyber bullying

· Raising awareness of the cyber bullying problem in your community by holding an assembly and creating flyers to give to younger kids or parents.

Don’t forget that even though you can’t see a cyber bully or the bully’s victim, cyber bullying causes real problems. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online. Delete cyber bullying. Don’t write it. Don’t forward it.

For more information on all of the programs we offer, or for additional crime prevention tips, please visit our website: www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org

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