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Cyber Bullying Awareness

What Is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is when the Internet or other devices such as cell phones are used to send or post messages or images that are meant to hurt or embarrass another person. It can be done through e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, web pages, chat rooms, or even interactive game sites.

Cyber Bullying includes:

  • Sending mean, threatening or harassing messages to another person through texts, e-mail, web pages, or instant messaging.
  • Spreading lies and rumors about victims through the internet or text messages.
  • Posting pictures without the consent of the individual.
  • Tricking someone into revealing their personal information and sending it to others.
  • Creating websites, polls, or blogs about the individual that are meant to embarrass or hurt the person.
  • Recording conversations or videos without the individual’s consent and then posting it online.

Tips for Protecting Yourself:

  • Be alert to all of the different forms of cyber bullying.
  • Do not post or share any personal information online about yourself which includes your phone number, address, school, credit card information, or your Social Security number.
  • Keep all of your usernames and passwords secret.
  • Do your best to safely block all communication with the cyber bully.
  • Inform Public Safety, Resident Life staff members, family, friends, supervisors, and co-workers about the situation.
  • Keep a record of all e-mails, text messages and instant messages that you have received from the cyber bully.
  • Contact your internet service provider or IT services and report what has happened.
  • If the messages are threatening you should get in touch with Public Safety or the police.
  • Do not reply to the bullying messages; often if you do not reply, they will leave you alone.
  • Change your username or e-mail address so the cyber bully can no longer contact you.

Call Public Safety at 516-299-2222 for emergencies
or 516-299-2214 for non-emergencies

To Protect and Educate