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Cyberbullying – Find Out How You can Stop it

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How to Stop Cyberbullying Against Teenagers and Adults
The past couple of decades have marked an increase in the number of people that use the internet worldwide, and nowadays we have terms we never had before, like cyberbullying. Any form of bullying can have a deep effect on a person's psyche, and it seems that it is more prevalent than ever with the internet being an easy and quick tool to bully people without even being near them.

Unfortunately, teens today are exposed to often brutal cyberbullying that leaves deep marks on their sou and changes their outlook on life. Sadly, cyberbullying also caused young teens to commit suicide, so it is imperative to prevent cyberbullying of any kind and at any age in order to prevent more harm.

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What is cyberbullying?
As cyberbullying became more widespread, several crisis centers have been founded to address the problem, one of which is the Cyberbullying Research Center that defines Cyberbullying as “intentional and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.”

According to bullyingstatistics.org, there are several forms of cyberbullying, including:
- Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email account or cell phone
- Spreading rumors online or through texts
- Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages
- Stealing a person’s account information to break into their account and send damaging messages
- Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person
- Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet
- Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person

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These definitions apply not only to adolescents, but also to adults that can be exposed to cyberbullying or online harassment that can be devastating.

According to Cyber bullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation, there is alarming shift in the number of cyberbullying
stats, and this are just a few of them:

- More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
- Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
- Around half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying
- 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras
- Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.

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What can you do to stop cyberbullying?
There are several warning signs that a person is being cyber bullied, such as an excessive use of cell phones, excessive texting, changes in social media, hiding of screens and more. If these warning signs appear with people you know, or you yourself are a victim of cyberbullying, there are things you can do prevent things from escalating to the point of no return:
1. Stop typing – posting a single sentence or a photo can come back to haunt you, so it's important to think not twice, but ten times before you send them out into cyber space. This is especially true when you're texting someone thinking only the two of you are involved in the conversation. Remember, the only truly safe space is the one you have with yourself, so be cautious with what you expose to others.

2. Use privacy settings – as each social media website and app keep evolving, so do their privacy settings. In order to prevent cyberbullying from happening to you or your children, don't skip the privacy setting. Instead, read about them and find out how you can define who sees your information and posts online.

3. Start an open discussion - many kids fear to reveal they are being bullied, so it is up to you to make sure your child knows he or she can talk to you about anything, even if they made a mistake. Start a conversation in your home about bullying and tell your kids that there is nothing they can't tell you at any time, any day.

4. Don't reveal personal information – addresses, phone number, work contact information and any other personal information should be kept offline. A password is not always enough to protect your personal information, so make sure you don't post anything you don't want others to find out.

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