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Following a panel discussion last week hosted by NCSD’s Diversity Partnerships on Cyber Safety, we wanted to share a quick tip sheet from Bruce Hayes, School Safety Consultant at the Wyoming Department of Education.
If you are a student or know of one who receives bullying threats and online harassment, consider the following steps that are adapted from the DVD Let’s Get Real to mitigate the problem:
1. Don’t fight back. It creates escalated conflict and often provokes the offenders to continue the bullying. They want to know that they are having an effect on you.
2. Print evidence. Having a hard copy of what bullies have sent will substantiate your position as you try to get it stopped.
3. Tell a parent, teacher, or other trusted adult. You do not have to face this treatment alone. They will help with moral support, connect you to law enforcement if necessary, and can help you strategize your actions.
4. It is important to know that bullying via email violates the terms of service for most Internet Service Providers. If you can show certain email sources are bullying you, they can be shut down.
5. It is possible to specifically block the email source that the bullying is using to harass you. (This may offer some help, but eventually the bully may either shift sending locations or change his or her email address to continue the harassment.)
6. It is better to make a white list than to block out certain addresses. This way, a list is made that only allows the specific friendly email locations through to you — i.e., your trusted friends. You can remove a name anytime.
7. Never lose faith in yourself. You are here for a reason. You have purpose. Don’t give others “permission” to make you feel less of a person or to diminish that purpose.