Saturday, December 27, 2008

Dealing with Cyberbullies - Tips for Teens

  • Don't reply.  You may want to respond, but this is exactly what cyberbullies want.  They want to know they've got you scared, worried and upset.  Don't give them that satisfaction.
  • Don't keep this to yourself!  You are not alone, and you did not do anything to deserve bullying.  Tell an adult you trust about the situation.  Don't try and solve this on your own.
  • Don't delete messages.  You don't have to read them, but you should keep them.  They are your evidence.  You may unfortunately get similar messages again, perhaps from other accounts.  The police and your ISP, and/or your telephone company can use these messages to help you.
  • Do get a trusted adult's help.  If you are getting physical threats:
  1. Call your local police.
  2. Inform your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or cell phone service.
  3. Protect yourself.
  • Never arrange to meet with someone you met online unless your parents, friends, or a trusted adult go with you.  If you are meeting them, make sure it is in a public place.
For more information go to www.cyberbullying.org.

This information is sponsored by the Illinois Library Association and myspace.com.


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