DuBois, PA – As kids will be heading back to school soon, here’s a reminder that bullying might look a little different than it did when you were a kid.
Back in the day, a bully might take your lunch money or write something mean about you on a bathroom wall or call you “four-eyes.” But computers, the internet and social media have transformed how bullies work in the modern age.
Carlo Tamarit, an expert on bullying and cyberbullying, explains.
Cyberbullying happens mostly with teens and pre-teens, but it can also affect adults.
If you or your child is being bullied online, here are some tips:
- Walk away from the computer or phone for a while. Don’t respond. They want you to react, so just don’t respond. Consider blocking the bully.
- Don’t retaliate. Don’t be a bully back.
- Save the evidence in case you need to prove that the bullying occurred.
- Talk to a trusted adult.
- If you see someone else being bullied, stand up for them. It only takes one person to make a big difference.