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5. Identify Cyberbullying Wrap-Up

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In this lesson, you learned: What cyberbullying is and why it is hurtful, How you can identify it, How you can help prevent it, And you made a plan for what to do when it happens to you or someone else.

You worked with a partner or group to write a list of questions to ask or guidelines to follow before using technology to communicate with your friends or classmates, like posting on social media or sending a group text. And you wrote another list of ways to react to cyberbullying when you see it happening, including what you can do to stop it, after doing research online. To do this, you Opened a new document in Google Docs, Created bulleted lists, Formatted your list titles as headings, And inserted a page break to separate your two lists.

Sometimes it may feel like dealing with cyberbullying is too hard or overwhelming. But it’s important to remember that even the small things you do can help another person or yourself when you’re faced with this behavior. Ignoring a bully won’t always make them stop. And by going along with a cyberbully--by reposting something, adding a comment or emoji, liking a post, or laughing at a joke, even out of nervousness--you can make the problem worse. It’s important to act. And if you’re the victim of cyberbullying, remember: you’re not alone. You can ask for help from a teacher, parent, or a friend.

Your school handbook might even have a set of guidelines or a policy in place for dealing with cyberbullying, including how to react and how to get help.

Talk with your teacher or your librarian about the school handbook, or check your school’s website.

Using a smartphone or social media is a fun way to talk to your friends. Don’t forget that when you’re communicating with technology that you’re talking with another person with feelings.

Treat others with respect and kindness and you will make online communication that much safer for you and everyone else.