Cyberbullying is the use of technology for social cruelty, which can include harassment, impersonation, denigration, trickery, exclusion and stalking.Cyberbullies may use email, chat rooms, discussion forums, instant messaging, cell phone text messaging or popular teen web sites such as Facebook.com. (Info from CTAP)
It is more important than ever to think about the consequences of our actions - especially when we are connecting online with others. Once information is 'out on the web' it is out of our control and what may have started off as an innocent prank can lead to dire consequences for both the perpetrator and the victim. Think before you act.
Here are some resources that explore the issue of cyberbullying.
ReachOut.com is an Australian online youth mental health service. The cyberbullying blog provides practical advice and tools about cyberbullying.
The Bullying.No way! site was developed to help students understand and take action against bullying.
MTV's A Thin Line
Interactive tools engage older kids in defining what it means to 'cross the line"