Department of Counseling and Wellness Services

Bullying Prevention

Types of Bullying

  • Cyberbullying includes the use of internet mediums or electronic devices to send negative and damaging information, messages, and pictures.

Cyberbullying includes:
Instant Message
Social Networking Sites
Chat Rooms
Game Sites
Text messages

  • Verbal bullying includes saying or writing mean messages about other people. Verbal Bullying includes:

Inappropriate sexual comments
Threatening to cause harm

  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person's body or possessions. Physical Bullying includes:

Taking or breaking someone's things
Making mean or rude hand gestures

  • Social bullying is commonly referred to as relational bullying which involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships. Social Bullying includes:

Leaving someone out of an activity intentionally
Telling other people not to be friends with someone
Spreading rumors about someone
Embarrassing someone in public

References: "Bullying Definition."  StopBullying.Gov.

The Forms of Cyberbullying

  • Using vulgar or explosive language to fight verbally
  • Arguing back and forth through postings or messages online or through texts
  • Make threats to fight, harm, or expose someone online
  • Using videos of person beating someone up and posting online
  • Sending someone constant¬† harassing texts, emails or postings online
  • Gossiping online, blogs, or social networks about a person
  • Pretending to be someone else and sending harmful messages
  • Using a persona to harass others online
  • Posting embarrassing pictures or video of person online
  • Putting someone's personal/private information or secrets on the internet/through technology
  • Sending a personal or private email, text, or picture to other people or posting online
  • Excluding¬† someone from being part of online group or online social networking site
  • Using information posted online to get person in trouble or expose them
  • Going through someone's personal phone, email, or social networking account to expose their information
  • Cyber stalking

How to Respond to Cyber-bullying

  • Do not respond to the bully at all
  • Do not post negative messages back
  • Do not confront the bully about messages wrote online in person
  • Save the message (print and make copies) to show to appropriate authority figures
  • Limit time online or on social networking sites
  • Delete social networking site or log off
  • Block the sender on phone, online or from social networking site
  • Click warning button on instant message or chat screen to alert Internet Service Provider of the harmful material
  • Contact a lawyer to help deal with the situation
  • Report to the police or cybercrime unit if have any threats, forceful behavior, obscene material or sexual exploitation
  • Seek professional support (counseling) if experience behavioral health issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, or suicidal thoughts

Heja, C. "CyberBullying"

Phillips, S. Coping with CyberBullying: "The Use of Technology to Terrify (2011)". PBS: Vulcan Productions

Willard, N. (2007). Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of
Online Social Aggression, Threats, and Distress, Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Web Resources to Prevent Bullying

Background Checks
Cyberbullying Research Center
National Bullying Prevention Center
Prevent Cyberbullying & Internet Harassment
Stop Bullying.Gov

Please Call

If immediate risk of harm or self-harm please call 911.
If any suicidal thoughts or feelings can call National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Please call the Counseling & Wellness Center at 504-520-7315, email counseling, or walk in for an appointment at St. Joseph's Suite 202 if you or someone you know is being bullied.

We want to help you.

Department of Counseling and Wellness Services


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