Check out this video to learn more about the effects of cyberbullying and what you can do to stop it
You're probably already familiar with the Wikipedia definition of cyberbullying: "Using the Internet and other technologies to harm other people in a deliberate, repeated and hostile manner." But what you may not realize is that one offhand comment posted on Facebook or Twitter can start a flood of hurtful messages.
Cyberbullying can be anything from mean texts and insulting social media posts to embarassing online photos and videos or even fake social media profiles.
Before you share something with the world, take a minute to think about the people who will see it -- and how they might feel about what you're posting. If the status update, tweet, photo or video could hurt or embarrass other people (or yourself), then it would be best to keep it offline. And remember that once you've put something out there, whether via text message or the Internet, you can't take it back or control who might see it.
If you've been the victim of cyberbullying, the most important thing you can do is talk to an adult you trust about what's happened. Always keep in mind that you should never respond to those who may be bullying you.
Check out out this video of Club teens learning an important lesson about the effects of cyberbullying. This video illustrates the power that just one little social media post can have. Watching the video is a great way to get a discussion started about this important issue.
Want to be a role model for your friends and younger Club members? Put your dramatic talents to good use by downloading this script and performing this short skit for others! Help spread the message that cyberbullying is never OK. Using your social media accounts should be safe, fun and positive!
If you're interested in learning more about internet and media safety, don't miss the myclubmylife.com video about Social Network Smarts.