Cyberbullying: What is it? How does it affect young people?

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Online bullying or cyberbullying affects a quarter of young people, according to Media Smarts, a Canadian not for profit organization for digital and media literacy. Both online and offline bullying are very harmful and can be emotionally damaging and impact the mental health of young people.

What does cyberbullying look like? Here are examples of cyberbullying, cited by the Canadian Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

  1. Sending mean or threatening messages by email, text or through comments on a social networking page.
  2. Spreading embarrassing rumours, secrets or gossip about another person through social networking sites, email, or texts.
  3. Taking an embarrassing picture or video of someone with a digital camera and sending it to others or posting it online without their knowledge or permission.
  4. Posting online stories, pictures, jokes, or cartoons that are intended to embarrass or humiliate.

This short video clip demonstrates the top 10 forms of cyberbullying

OTHER RESOURCES:

Warning signs of someone being cyberbullied and what you can do about it from the Canadian Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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Strategies for addressing cyberbullying at home and in school and other resources by Media Smarts

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