According to stopbullying.gov, there are many steps one should take before reporting cyberbullying.
– Do not respond to or partake in cyberbullying.
– Record the evidence of cyberbullying – that includes dates, times, and contents of the messages. Do not delete any texts, emails, and instant messages. This is what you will use to report cyberbullying.
– Block the instigator after you record the evidence.
Reporting Cyberbullying: Online Service Providers
– Review the terms and conditions sections of your internet service providers or online social networking sites’ terms of service.
– Report cyberbullying so that they can take action against the instigator’s abusing of the terms of service.
Reporting Cyberbullying: Local Law Enforcement
– For one to be able to report to a law enforcement, the activities must be considered a crime. Review your state or local legislation to see against cyberbullying or bullying. Threats of violence, child pornography and stalking are some activities that are considered crimes.
Reporting Cyberbullying: Schools
– Many schools have policies against bullying in general and the school will take adequate steps to ensure a safe learning environment for all. Report cyberbullying to a trusted teacher or an administrator.
More About STAN:
The STop Abuse oNline Organization is the world’s number one source for up-to-date cyberbullying information, news, legislature, and cyberbullying prevention tips. STAN is instantly accessible online, and phone assistance by certified and professional cyber bullying counselors is available to any inquiring individuals. Highlighting cyberbullying as a leading issue in today’s technological society and raising awareness throughout the web and throughout communities is the first and primary step to putting an end to cyberbullying.
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, STAN is an international cyberbullying awareness campaign that has united over 4.5 million individuals internationally. Youth initiatives have started up in not only the fifty states, but also in nations such as China and the UK. Partnering with other organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of USA and Sears Anti-Bullying Coalition, has enabled us to outreach even further. All of the money raised has been utilized to continue expanding STAN, helping to increase the impact we’ve made. Most importantly, we are grateful to have comforted and served thousands of cyberbullying victims of all ages. Future victims no longer need to feel as isolated and helpless as I once did.