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Are you Cyberbullying?

Are you Cyberbullying?

WHAT IS IT?

  • Cyberbullying is bullying that utilizes electronic technology.
  • This type of bullying consists of anything from harmful text messages, emails, and posts on social networking sites to embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
  • These messages can easily be anonymous and spread faster than traditional bullying.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS?

Research from the Online Journal of Rural and Urban Research shows that college students who are harassed using technological means are more likely to have serious health and psychological issues.  Depression, emotional distress, loneliness, low self-esteem, social anxiety, and even suicide are all effects of Cyberbullying.

WHAT CAN I DO?

  • Do not respond to cyberbullying messages.
  • Block people online who are cyberbullies.
  • Keep evidence of harassment for reporting purposes.
  • Report cyberbullying to social media sites. Usually this kind of bullying violates the terms of service set by the social media site.
  • Make sure to check your privacy settings to see who can contact you.
  • Threats, explicit messages/photos, private photos, stalking, and hate crimes are all considered crimes and should be reported to the police.

For more information on cyberbullying and supportive Vanderbilt resources please visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/WomensCenter/resources/onlinesafety