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What is it?

Cyberbullying is targeting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing someone else using technology. It can happen on social networking sites, online forums, gaming networks/forums, community apps, websites, email, text messaging, etc. 

Cyberbullying (and bullying) can threaten students' physical and emotional safety and impact their social and academic success at school. 

Examples of cyberbullying include

  • Posting rumors on social media

  • Sharing embarrassing pictures or videos online

  • Sharing someone else’s private information online (doxing)

  • Making threats against someone online

  • Creating fake accounts and posting information to embarrass someone.

What are the signs?

The following are signs to look for if your child is experiencing cyberbullying.

  • Emotionally upset during or after being online

  • Secretive behavior to keep their digital life private

  • Sending large amounts of time isolated in their bedroom

  • Withdrawing from activities with family and friends

  • Avoidance of school or group activities

  • Acting out at home

  • Lower academic performance

  • Mood, behavior, appetite, and sleep changes

  • Sudden refusal to use mobile devices and computers

  • Nervousness upon the receipt of texts, emails, or other types of messages

  • Avoiding discussions about online activities

What to do

  • If your child is in immediate danger, call 911

  • If cyberbullying includes threats of violence, contact the police

  • Do not engage with the bully

  • Block all accounts engaging in bullying

  • Document all incidents. Include dates, times, social networks, apps, websites, individuals involved, and known witnesses.

  • Report abusive content on social networks, apps, and other sites

  • Report bullying to the school or administration if the bully goes to the same school or district as your child

  • Consider using in-school or outside mental health resources to help your child work through residual feelings related to bullying

Who to contact

  • TSD Safety and Security - 970-613-5010
  • Loveland PD - 970-667-2151

  • Larimer County Sheriffs Dept - 970-498-5100

  • Colorado Crisis Services 

  • Mental Health Support - 1-844-493-8255

  • Safe2Tell


  • 1-877-542-7233