Gina has always been a happy and outgoing kid. But ever since she began high school, her parents notice she:
Avoids her cell phone when texts come through
Doesn't want to go to school
Says everyone hates her
What's going on with Gina?
Gina's parents are worried that she might be a victim of cyberbullying. How can they know?
Victims of cyberbullying might:
Avoid school or friends
Look worried or upset when using electronic devices
Complain of headaches or stomachaches
Be irritable or angry; get in fights
Change sleeping or eating habits
Start doing poorly in school
Lose interest in activities or hobbies
Victims of cyberbullying might feel:
Sad or depressed
Want to lash out
A helpful friend
Gina's friend Mia has noticed that Gina seems withdrawn. Mia finds out that one of their classmates has been posting unflattering pictures of Gina along with hateful comments.
What can Mia do to help Gina?
Forward to friends for their advice
Ignore it; it's likely to stop
Confront the bully
Report it to the principal or parents
Cyberbullying And Depression
Watch this video to understand the relationship between cyberbullying and depression.
Long Term Effects
Fortunately, Gina's friend Mia reports the cyberbullying to the principal, who contacts her parents. Gina gets support from caring friends and adults, and the cyberbullying stops. Gina soon goes back to her happy-go-lucky self.
But some kids aren't that lucky. Cyberbullying can have longterm mental health effects.
What will you do the next time you see someone being cyberbullied?
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This Byte has been authored by
Mary Ellen D'Intino