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Playground bullies go cyber

OCT 21, 2014
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Remember the days of playground bullying? One kid took lunch money away from another, a group of kids taunted someone in the cafeteria, or an older child physically intimidated a younger one.


Now bullying has gone electronic, and it can hurt your child.


What is cyberbullying?


Cyberbullying is using technology to harm someone. For example, a cyberbully may start a rumor about another child by sending an email or a text message, or posting the rumor on a blog. Cyberbullies use email, instant messages, blogs, chat rooms, cell phone photos, and social networking sites to attack their victims.


  •  Talk openly about cyberbullying with your child.
  •  Educate your child on how to spot cyberbullying and how to respond to it.
  • Teach your child empathy and how to understanding someone else’s feelings.
  • Get involved by talking to the bully’s parents and try to resolve the issue together.


What you can do to stop cyberbullying


Simply ignore the bully.


  •     Do not respond to emails or texts, or post a message on a blog or forum in response.
  •     Don’t forward bullying emails to others. This will only continue the problem.
  •     Print the email out and bring it to an adult.
  •     Speak up and tell a parent or other adult about the cyberbullying.

Other resources:

WiredSafety provides information and education on cyberbullying.

Stop Bullying Now!



Reviewed by: Mark Groshek, MD, July 2014

Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

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