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What is Cyberbullying?As many doors as digital technology has opened for the world, those "opened doors" are opened to more than welcomed guests. Those unwelcomed guests, known as cyberbullies, use digital technologies such as computers and cell phones to bully others. Bullying, by definition, is "unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated. Kids, mostly school-aged, who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems."Bullying Definition. (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2015, from

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What are the Effects of Cyberbullying?*Use alcohol and drugs*Skip school*Experience in-person bullying*Be unwilling to attend school*Receive poor grades*Have lower self-esteem*Have more health problems

Cyberbulling vs. In-Person BullyingWhen the last bell of the school day rings, victims of in-person bullying breathe a sigh of relief. However, victims of cyberbullying know otherwise.Cyberbullying doesn't stop when the school day is over. It continues 24/7/365. Click the link above and continue reading about the different ways that cyberbullying is different from in-person bullying. Scroll to the section titled "Why Cyberbullying is Different".

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I teach fourth graders, and although children are learning to use digital technologies at an even younger age, the age that I teach seems to be an appropriate age to start educating them about cybersafety and cyberbullying. The two images below were posters made by two of my students.

"Cyberbullying is not just one bully and one victim..." Watch the YouTube video to find out ways that cyberbullying can be prevented.

Click the video below to find out what advice Phineas and Ferb have to offer about staying safe in cyberspace.

[Delete] Digital DramaSocial networking seems to be the norm in the way kids, teens, and adults are communicating. This includes all types of communication including negative, hurtful, and harmful words and/or images exchanged through these networks. ABC Family and Seventeen Magazine partnered up in 2011 to launch their anti-cyberbully campaign [Delete] Digital Drama. Click the link above to read the full article and what the program entails.

"How? Hit the [Delete] key. That may sound too simple, but pressing that one key on your computer gets you one step closer to ending cyber-bullying." -Leila Sachner, Scholastic News, 2011

Bullies Be GoneBetween the years of 2005 and 2013, the percentage of kids between the ages of 12 and 18 who claim to have been bullied has dropped by about 7% according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Cyberbullying, according to this same source has dropped by only 2% since 2011. The Time for Kids article linked above offers an in-depth, kid-friendly explanation of cyberbullying. While it is important to understand what the article is saying, scroll to the bottom where it talks about creating a postivie environment as a way to stop/prevent cyberbullying.

"By telling an adult, you are not being a tattletale." -Julie Hertzog, the director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

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