CA General Peril

Online (Internet) bullies are no different to real life bullies, the only difference is that they hide behind a computer screen. There are some quick and easy steps we can all follow to "take down" bullies. If we ALL do it then, they have nowhere to hide.

Always take quick action - and tell someone you trust. Never suffer in silence.

Play the Bully stoppers game.

  • Then have fun with the Hedgehog five and
  • Build a budd:e (left). Snip your finished budd:e and add it to your Cyber Academy Workbook.

  1. Think of a storyline for a comic that shows how cyber bullies can be "taken down".
  2. Watch the videos (right) that shows you how to use:
    1.  OR you can use 
  3. Snip the panels and add them to your Cyber Academy ebook.
  Watch the videos below to learn about different types of online bullying.

Discuss as a class, what bullying is. Ask if any class member has experienced bullying.

Report Cyber Bullying

  • Tips to Stop Cyber bullying



    Don’t respond. If someone bullies you, remember that your reaction is usually exactly what the bully wants. It gives him or her power over you. Who wants to empower a bully?

    Don’t retaliate. Getting back at the bully turns you into one and reinforces the bully’s behavior. Help avoid a whole cycle of aggression.

    Save the evidence. The only good news about digital bullying is that the harassing messages can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help. You need to do this even if it’s minor stuff, in case things escalate.

    Talk to a trusted adult. You deserve backup. It’s always good to involve a parent but – if you can’t – a school counselor usually knows how to help. Sometimes both are needed. If you’re really nervous about saying something, see if there’s a way to report the incident anonymously at school.

    Block the bully. If the harassment’s coming in the form of instant messages, texts, or profile comments, do yourself a favor: Use preferences or privacy tools to block the person. If it’s in chat, leave the “room.”

    Be civil. Even if you don’t like someone, it’s a good idea to be decent and not sink to the other person’s level. Also, research shows that gossiping about and trash talking others increases your risk of being bullied. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

    Don’t be a bully. How would you feel if someone harassed you? You know the old saying about walking a mile in someone’s shoes; even a few seconds of thinking about how another person might feel can put a big damper on aggression. That’s needed in this world.

    Be a friend, not a bystander. Watching or forwarding mean messages empowers bullies and hurts victims even more. If you can, tell bullies to stop or let them know harassment makes people look stupid and mean. It’s time to let bullies know their behavior is unacceptable – cruel abuse of fellow human beings. If you can’t stop the bully, at least try to help the victim and report the behavior.