Bullying/cyberbullying is on the rise.  The Police Department has compiled the following information for children, parents and teachers. 
What is Bullying?It is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children.  It is repeated behavior, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.  It includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. 

What is Cyberbullying?It is bullying that takes place using technology.  It includes text messages, e-mails, or posts on social networking sites, and may include embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Managing the issue includes awarness, openness, and sensitivity.  It is a shared effort.  The Police Department takes bullying and cyberbullying very seriously and there are laws against such behavior.  Be informed.     

Check out the following resources to learn more about preventing bullying/cyberbullying:

  • www.ncpc.org provides information about stopping cyberbullying before it starts.
  • Stop Cyberbullying Before It Starts (PDF) provides useful information for parents.
  • Cyberbullying.us provides cyberbullying research, stories, cases, downloads, fact sheets, tips and strategies, news headlines, a blog, and a number of other helpful resources on their comprehensive public service website.
  • www.stopcyberbullying.org has a quiz to rate your online behavior, information about why some people cyberbully, and how to stop yourself from cyberbullying.
  • www.wiredsafety.com provides information about what to do if you are cyberbullied.
  • www.stopbullyingnow.com has information about what you can do to stop bullying.
Additional information, including Crime Prevention InformationSafety AdviceScam Alerts or Distracted Driving, is also available.

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