Cyberbullying Vocabulary

Cyberbullying – the act of harassing someone online by sending or posting mean messages, usually anonymously.

"cyberbullying." Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 08 Jun. 2015. 


 Cyberbullying includes:

Posting humiliating pictures Cell phone pranks Cyberstalking Text wars Posting rude comments

Would you say things that are not true or are unkind about a person in that person’s presence?  What are some immediate consequences?  Watch the video  . . . 


Ad Council. "Talent Show ­ Cyberbullying Prevention Commercial." YouTube. YouTube, 03 Dec. 2008. Web. 10 June 2015.

After watching “Talent Show,” do you now understand how public the internet really is? Do you understand how many people really “hear” you when you post to the internet?


There are real people on the other side of the phone or computer screen.   Think about what you’re posting before you click “send” or “submit.”  Watch the video below to hear a true story.


Common Sense Media. "Ricardo’s Story." YouTube. YouTube, 16 July 2013. Web. 10 June 2015.


It’s not enough to avoid bullying others. You have to take a stand against others being bullied, too. The next video models this. 

Flocabulary. "Social & Emotional Learning ­ Bullying." YouTube. YouTube, 02 June 2015. Web. 10 June 2015.

After watching the video “Social & Emotional Learning Bullying,” can you explain the difference between a bystander and an upstander?


Consequences in school:

Horry County Schools Policy Manual - Students

(Student Behavior Code and Internet Safety & Network Acceptable Use Sections)

  • “The use of the internet-network is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of internet-network privileges…” 
  • “Be polite.  Always use appropriate language.  Do not send abusive, obscene, inflammatory, or threatening messages to others.  Profanity, vulgarities, harassing, and other inappropriate language are prohibited.” 

  • Cyberbullying is a serious offense.  It is defined as “Disruptive Conduct, Level II.”

  • “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying (includes cyberbullying)…perceived to have the effect of harming a student physically or emotionally or damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage and-or…that insults or demeans a student or group of students…” 


If it happens at home . . .If it happens at school . . .
  • Tell a trusted adult immediately
  • Ask a parent to contact the cell phone company,
    the social networking site and the internet service provider
  • Block the bully by changing privacy settings on your cell phone,
    your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or other social media accounts
  • Save the evidence
  • Don’t give the bully the satisfaction by responding
  • Tell a teacher
  • Tell an assistant principal
  • Tell a principal
  • Tell trusted adult

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