While the Internet has brought many benefits to society and our everyday lives, it comes with a dark side. Online social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become the new schoolyard for bullies. However, unlike bullies of days past, cyberbullies have the ability to hide behind a wall of anonymity and worst of all, their cruelty doesn’t stop when the school day ends. This new form of bullying can carry on twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The harm they inflict on their victims can have devastating effects. For some, it has led to the most tragic of consequences – teenagers who have taken their own lives because of cyberbullying.
For immediate assistance, please call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or visit their website. They are a free, anonymous and confidential phone and online professional counselling service for youth.
For more information on bullying, and what you can do, please visit:
Ontario Ministry of Education
National Crime Prevention Council
National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
Cybersafety Awareness from KnowledgeFlow.ca
Cybersafety by Design: 7 Fundamental Principles that Use Technology to Protect People Online
For reporting cyberbullying and predators, please visit:
Stop A Bully