“Online bullying can be particularly damaging and upsetting because it's usually anonymous or hard to trace. It's also hard to control, and the person being victimized has no idea how many people (or hundreds of people) have seen the messages or posts. People can be tormented nonstop whenever they check their device or computer.” (kidshealth.org)
Is that my classmate Elliot? They look so uncomfortable in that video. I don't think this video was posted with their permission.
“Cyberbullying also includes photos, messages, or pages that don't get taken down, even after the person has been asked to do so. In other words, it's anything that gets posted online and is meant to hurt, harass, or upset someone else.” (kidshealth.org)
Since this video is from school, I am going to confront the group of kids who posted it and make sure my classmate Elliot is okay.
Oh no! It looks like others have seen this post many times. I need to help Elliot somehow!
Why would we delete that video?! It's so popular. We won't do anything, leave HAHA.
I know you posted that video of Elliot. That is cyberbullying and you guys need to delete that video.
You log into to your favorite social media site, and quickly discover that a friend posted a video of a classmate. It looks like the classmate is uncomfortable, so you can tell the video was posted without consent.
They're somewhere outside the classroom.
OK. I will do something about this. At least tell me where Elliot is, I'd like to speak to them.
Other people have commented, shared, and interacted with this post.
I'm fine, I just wish they'd delete that video of me. Can you help me do that?
“Sometimes, online bullying, like other kinds of bullying, can lead to serious long-lasting problems. The stress of being in a constant state of upset or fear can lead to problems with mood, energy level, sleep, and appetite. It also can make someone feel jumpy, anxious, or sad. If someone is already depressed or anxious, cyberbullying can make things much worse.” (kidshealth.org)
“Tell someone. Most experts agree: The first thing to do is tell an adult you trust. This is often easier said than done. People who are cyberbullied may feel embarrassed or reluctant to report a bully. Some may hesitate because they're not 100% sure who is doing the bullying. But bullying can get worse, so speak up until you find someone to help. Sometimes the police can track down an anonymous online bully, so it's often worthwhile to report it.” (kidshealth.org)
Your friends refuse to delete the video because they’re afraid that it’s going to lose its popularity.
Hello! I was wondering if you can help me with a situation. My friend Elliot had pictures posted of them without their permission. I confronted the cyberbullies but they wont stop. I decided to tell you as a trusted adult.
You ask where Elliot is.
I don't know
You find Elliot, make sure they're okay, and figure out how to make the cyberbullies stop.
Hey Elliot, are you okay? I'm going to tell a trusted adult so the bullies will stop.
SOLUTION: You decide to tell a trusted adult about the situation, as well as, report the bully online, and your friends learn their lesson. Never take pictures or videos of people without consent and post them.
Sure honey! I will help you and your friend. I need you to report and block the bullies online!