Stop Cyberbullying Day: Friday 19th June 2015
Recently in my school we had a talk from one of the SLT (senior leadership team) teachers about cyberbullying.
This was because it is Stop Cyberbullying Day tomorrow (Friday 19th June 2015).
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According to a 2009 survey, 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person. Well, that's what Friday is all about!
The day aims to raise awareness on this awful thing that affects many children around the world. It doesn't just happen to children though; it can happen to adults, but mostly with celebrities.
For example, when Tom Daley told the world that he was gay, he was harassed and cyber bullied severely. Gary Barlow was harassed on Twitter about his weight when he joined the X Factor again as a judge. This is a terrible thing and it needs to stop.
About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once. As I said earlier, people think that it is easier to get away with, when in actual fact, it is definitely not if the victim does something about it. The first thing to do would be to ignore it, but on many social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, you can report spam and block people.
The next thing to do if the bullying continues would be to tell an adult (or the police if it is serious such as racism) and explain what has been happening. Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse, which is very low. Always record any type of harassment or bullying that you receive because you may need it for evidence in the future. If you are on your computer, you can press the print screen button (often shortened to PrtScn), paste it to a word document and save it. Or if you are on a tablet/smartphone, most will have a screenshot function where you press two buttons down and it saves the current screen into your photos app.
Remember that cyberbullying is a crime and people can be arrested for it; some people already have been arrested and charged. So if you are a victim, don't keep quiet, tell someone or it will just continue.
People have been known to kill themselves because they have been so stressed and tipped over the edge. Tell everyone you know about Friday, so the whole world can put a stop to cyberbullying.
If you ever want to talk to someone then talk to Meic. Meic is the advocacy, information and advice helpline for children and young people in Wales - Freephone: 0808 80 23456 - Text: 84001 - Instant Message/chat: www.meiccymru.org. It is free and will not appear on your phone bill.
If someone acts inappropriately towards you online then report it to CEOP. If it's an emergency call 999.
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