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Cyberbullying in the New World



I recently provided a presentation on cyberbullying and I just wanted to remind the public to be on alert for this type of behavior. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic devices to repeatedly post negative posts, pictures, send messages, send emails, and the like via the Internet in a way that leaves a cybervictim defenseless against the attack(s). Be sure to talk to your children, spouses, significant others, and additional loved ones to gauge how they are doing in this new virtual world. It is important to observe their behaviors and determine if they are acting like themselves or if they seem withdrawn, sad, or depressed.

I also want to remind you that suicide rates have risen at an alarming rate during the pandemic. Again, probe your loved ones by asking questions about their well-being. Do not take “fine” as an answer but have them elaborate about their day and how they are feeling about things. If you suspect there is more going on than you are told or if they actually tell you they are sad, depressed, contemplating suicide, or anything similar contact someone. Here are a few of the free resources that are available on a local, state, and national level:

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Online chat: (24/7)

Text HOME to 741741 (24/7)

866-488-7386 (24/7)

Text START to 678678. (Mon-Fri 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST/12 p.m. to 7 p.m. PST)

TrevorCHAT (instant messaging, available seven

days a week 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST/12 p.m. to 7 p.m. PST)

Text 838255 (24/7)

Online chat: (24/7)

Support for those who are deaf or hard of

hearing: 800-799-4889


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