Cyber bullying is hurtful, isolating and can happen to anyone. If you are feeling hopeless or considering hurting yourself or others, call 911. You can also chat online with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call them at 1-800-273-8255. Or call, text or chat with our friends at the Trevor Project.
Scroll down if you want support after being cyber bullied, to help a friend, or to learn about laws prohibiting cyber bullying.
Have you experienced cyber bullying? You’re not alone, you don’t deserve it and we’re here to help.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your friends, family and teachers about what you’re going through. An adult you trust can help you navigate difficult situations and feel better. And remember – if you are in crisis or are considering hurting yourself or others, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
When someone hurts you, it is perfectly normal to hold on to that pain and think a lot about it. Sometimes the best way to heal is to connect with something you love, whether that’s a supportive friend, playing sports, cooking, hanging out with a pet, or reading a book. What helps you to feel better?
Cyber bullying is any type of bullying that happens on Snapchat, Instagram and other social media; over texts, emails, or anywhere online. It’s normal to feel angry, embarrassed, lonely, scared and many other emotions after being cyber bullied. Remember – asking for support and taking actions can help you overcome those feelings and it’s about finding a solution that works for you. Here are some steps you can take:
Help a friend
Have you witnessed cyber bullying or know someone it’s happening to? You can help stop it.
Be a friend
Being cyber bullied can make people feel alone, but a little bit of kindness can make all the difference. Keep it simple – sit with them at lunch, send them a message that says you care, invite them to hang out. Showing a little bit of support can help someone realize that they are not alone.
Tell an adult
Sharing with an adult you trust that someone is being bullied is really helpful. When a teacher, family member, or professional learns about the cyber bullying they can begin to help the person that is hurt. If the first adult doesn’t take action, be brave and let another adult know.
If it feels safe, reach out to the bully and tell them that what they are doing can hurt someone. Don’t argue, don’t be a bully back. Keep the message simple and if you don’t feel safe then go to an adult.
Cyber Bullying is a Crime in Ulster County
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein signed the Anti-Cyber Bullying Law in 2017.
If you believe someone has committed cyber bullying in Ulster County you can bring any and all information you have to your local law enforcement agency. Filing a report triggers a police investigation to determine whether the law has been violated. If charges are filed, the County is committed to referring cases involving cyber bullying to a restorative justice program if all parties (bully and victim) agree to participate. Restorative justice conferences are an alternative to incarceration where those involved in crimes (perpetrators and victims) focus on repairing the harm that has been done.