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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.

  1. There is intent to harm another person
  2. The hurtful and aggressive behavior is repeated.
  3. 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  • Acting withdrawn or depressed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.

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