Cyber harassment, also known as "cyber bullying," includes online threats and insults intended to embarrass, harass, or terrify. The practice is known to cause emotional turmoil, fear, and depression in children. It has, moreover, facilitated teen suicide.
One-quarter (25%) of students in grades 9-12 say they know someone who has been cyber bullied, and 21% of students in grades 5-8 do. In both cases, students used their own personal definitions of cyber bullying.
Students used their own definitions when asked whether they had been "cyber stalked," meaning repeatedly pursued or contacted by another person online and against their wishes. A surprising percentage of high school students (11%) indicated that they had been, and one in twelve (8%) middle school students indicated the same.
Cyber Bullying Tips for Students
So, what can you do?
i-SAFE encourages your district to update its Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to include both cyber harassment and cyber bullying.
For cyber bullying lesson plans please refer to the Cyber Community Module.
To learn more about cyber bullying or i-SAFE please visit