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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, embarrassed, humiliated, abused or targeted by another child, teen or preteen using the Internet, interactive digital technologies or cellular phones. Both parties have to be minors for it to be cyberbullying.

The roles change from victim to bully often in the cyber world. A child can start out as the target of cyberbullying and end up bullying someone to even the score. Children have killed each other and committed suicide after being involved in a cyberbullying incident.

Cyberbullying is usually NOT a one-time communication.

Akron Public Schools does get involved in cases of cyberbullying when it begins to “interfere with the educational environment and disrupts the school environment."

Facebook’s policy is that children need to be 14 years old to have an account. That means that a child under 14 years old who has an account has set it up dishonestly.

Parents are responsible for monitoring what their children are doing in cyberspace. It is just as important to know your child’s “virtual friends” as it is to know their “real-life” ones.

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