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Social Media Community Standards

Stop, Walk, and Talk Videos

TUSD’s Stop, Walk, and Talk initiative can be applied to cyberbullying as well.  Instead of walking away, students should get off the computer or device and report it to an adult.  

Stop, Walk, and Talk Video

Stop, Walk, and Talk at Walnut Elementary

Cyberbullying

A 2011 Pew Internet study reports that 88% of media-using teens have witnessed other people be mean or cruel on social network sites.  19% of teens, almost one in five, have been bullied in the past year in some form (in person, online, by text, or by phone)1. A 2014 Pew study reports that 73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online. The open nature of the internet allows people to target others easily and without the same repercussions that would exist in face-to-face interactions.

Talking Point for Elementary Students

  • Cyberbullying is repeated sending or posting of harmful messages, images, or videos about someone else using the Internet, cell phones, or other types of technology.
  • If a student believes they are being cyberbullied, the best first step is to step away from the computer or put the cell phone down, then tell a trusted adult (parent, teacher, etc.) what is going on.
  • If they can, don’t delete anything the cyberbully sent. They may need this as proof of what is going on.
  • If they know someone is being cyberbullied, help the person by encouraging them to talk to an adult. Tell the person being bullied that they care about them and want to help. Do not spread rumors. Tell the cyberbully to stop.

Talking Points for Secondary Students

  • If you know someone is being cyberbullied, be an upstander- empathize with the target and stand up for them.
  • Say “sorry”!  If you’ve said something that hurts someone else, apologize.  It’s what you’d do face-to-face, right?
  • If you are a target of cyberbullying, ignore or block out the bully. Save the evidence of what they are saying.  Change your privacy settings on social media accounts (information below).  Tell trusted friends and adults.
  • Remember that what you say and do online or in texts is permanent. Teasing, harassing, threatening, and using hate language can lead to serious consequences.

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