Article by Rolling Hills Hospital
Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs through digital technology, such as social media, text messaging, or e-mail.
Like other forms of bullying, it is distinguished by three elements.
- There is intent to harm another person
- The hurtful and aggressive behavior is repeated.
- There is a real or perceived imbalance of power – socially or physically – between the victim and the bully.
Warning Signs That A Teen Is Being Cyberbullied:
- Acting withdrawn or depressed
- Showing reluctance to go to school
- Falling behind in schoolwork
- Changing his or her online communication patterns
- Showing nervous or tense behavior when checking an account or receiving a text message
Parents can play an active role in cyberbullying prevention. By educating teenagers about the appropriate and responsible use of online technologies, parents can help keep their own children – as well as other youth – safe online.