For most youth, the internet is all about socializing. While most of these social interactions are positive, increasing numbers of people are using the technology to intimidate and harass others. This month, let's take on cyberbullying together. Take The Pledge and learn how to help prevent cyberbullying below.
Local Champion: Melissa Kinghorn
Ten years ago, Melissa Kinghorn lost her sister to suicide after she was bullied online. Now Melissa travels around Windsor-Essex talking to students about the importance of knowing what to do when they see someone being bullied or if they experience it themselves. Melissa aims to build a skillset in students so they know how to use social media responsibly.
Take The Pledge
*Don’t want to leave your name? No problem! Just call yourself an Upstander or Peacekeeper instead!
Forms of Cyberbullying:
Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email account or cell phone
Spreading rumours online or through texts
Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages
Stealing a person’s account information to break into their account and send damaging messages
Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person
Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet
Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person
Wish you Could Take it Back?
NeedHelpNow.ca provides resources to those kids who have made less-than-wise decisions and how to deal with the aftermath of sending inappropriate images of themselves and to know There is Help Out There!