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Cyberbullying

Jasmine P, 2015 Cyber Security Poster contest

Cyberbullying is a recent problem. In the past, there was no internet, so Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., did not exist. 

Cyberbullying is new enough that most parents did not have to deal with it when they attended school, so the parents do not have a "ready arsenal" of ways to cope with cyberbullies and cyberbullying. This leaves today's school-aged children to deal with the issue themselves - a task for which they are ill prepared.

Following are links for school-aged children and their parents to help with avoiding, defusing, and coping with cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Research Center   - dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents
Cyberbullying (National White Collar Crime Center) - Cyberbulling training
NetSmartz (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) - steps to help your child deal with and respond to cyberbullying
Cyberbullying (National White Collar Crime Center) - Cyberbulling training
NetSmartz (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) - steps to help your child deal with and respond to cyberbullying
Protecting Kids Online (Center for Schools and Communities)  - developing creative and effective solutions to problems that disrupt the educational process and school safety.
Stop Cyberbullying (stopcyberbullying.org) - specially-trained young volunteers design and deliver community programs to help their peers address cyberbullying
Dealing with Cyberbullies (US-CERT) - Help protect yourself or your children from cyberbullies
Federal Cyberbulling Considerations -  Although no federal law directly addresses bullying, in some cases, bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment when it is based on race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion.
Cyberbulling laws by state -  laws (in their state education codes and elsewhere) and model policies (that provide guidance to districts and schools), each state addresses bullying differently.