Cyberbullying can happen to anyone, but teenagers and children are especially at risk, being more likely to have social media and share vulnerable information there.
Cyberbullying essentially means using technology to bully or harass someone else. Although one might think of “bullying” in the more traditional, physical sense, the use of email, instant messaging, social media, text messages, and other digital means to bully others has become common.
Why you should be concerned
Cyberbullying, just like any form of bullying, can have long-term devastating effects on victims. However, cyberbullying can also have permanent effects on the ones doing the bullying; for example, everything posted or done online leaves a digital footprint of sorts, making the information permanently traceable by law enforcement, future employers, and educational institutions.
Cyberbullying can also violate the law. Cyberbullying, at the very least, often violates the terms and conditions (or terms of service) laid out by social media websites and internet service providers, which could lead such sites and organizations to take action against users abusing these terms.
How Comcast can help
It’s important to protect your children (and others) online from cyberbullying and we’re here to help. Please consider the following tips and also check out some of our helpful resources below to learn how to prevent and respond to cyberbullying:
- Keep the computer in a public place and supervise your child's activity.
- Instruct your child to avoid posting personal information online.
- Inquire about and try to visit your child's online communities, and discuss the values demonstrated by those who participate.
- Educate your children on cyberbullying; teach them to back away if they are targeted, and to save the evidence (emails, web logs, etc.). This may help law enforcement or Comcast investigate the matter.
- If your child is in danger, report the issue to law enforcement right away. Learn how to report online safety issues.
For more resources on preventing, identifying, or stopping cyberbullying, check out the following list of resources:
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Delete Cyberbullying: Advice for Parents
- A Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying
- Cyberbullying Research Center’s Parent Resources
- Stomp Out Bullying: How to Understand and Handle Cyberbullying - Tip Sheet
- KidsHealth Cyberbullying
- NetSmartz Cyberbullying
- Prevent Cyberbullying
- The Difference Between Cyberbullying and Cyber Stalking