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Bullying, Digital Citizenship and Internet/Social Media Safety

Youth bullying is a form of interpersonal violence that often occurs in a school setting but also occurs in the community. In recent years bullying behaviors have become increasingly prevalent online through social media outlets.

According to the U.S. Department of education nearly 28% of students ages 12-18 report being bullied, 9% of those students report being cyberbullied. If you or someone you care about is a victim of bullying, reach out for help. Likewise, we are learning more every day about how youth can protect themselves from being victims of bullying.  Here are some useful links.

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Bullying Information for Parents  

Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior by a person or group that targets another person or group. It involves an imbalance of power and is usually repeated over time. Bullying is not teasing. Bullying can start at age 3 or 4 and can continue into the teen age years. It happens to both boys and girls and may be done one on one or by groups of children against an individual. Bullying can happen anywhere. provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

Stop Bullying on the Spot

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.
Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.

Digital Citizenship

ISTE Standards for Students
How ISTE got its start.
All good ideas start with “what if. . .” “What if” is the seed of an idea that grows only when we dare to share it. When we allow many minds to dream and wonder, and add their what-ifs to ours, we nurture and grow great ideas. At a backyard barbecue in Eugene, Oregon, a tight-knit group of forward-thinking K-12 and University of Oregon educators began asking, "What if ...?"

Cyberbullying Prevention Center   

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as “Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” It is also known as “cyber bullying,” “electronic bullying,” “e-bullying,” “sms bullying,” “mobile  bullying,” “online bullying,” “digital bullying,” or “Internet bullying.” The Center also explores other adolescent behaviors online including sexting, problematic social networking practices, and a variety of issues related to digital citizenship.


Pause Before You Post

Pause Before You Post is a public service program from Jostens encouraging everyone to make smart decisions about personal publishing. Through expert advice online and in schools, we’re hoping to make teens and parents more aware of the responsibilities and consequences of sharing information, particularly through online social media.  

Make a statement supporting Pause Before You Post™ and spread the word in your community with the following pledge: I believe in making smart decisions when I share information online and want to spread the word to my friends, family and community about taking time to Pause Before You Post.

  • What if we gave students powerful tools allowing them to take charge of their learning?  
  • What if we let students follow their passions and work with peers to solve problems?
  • What if teachers didn't lecture, but served as guides and collaborators?
  • What if we let computers do what they do best, freeing up humans to create, to dream, to change the world?

Resources At A Glance


Nationwide Children's Hospital


Cyberbullying Prevention Center   

Pause Before You Post