Guest writer: Jennifer Cassetta, clinical nutritionist, personal trainer and self-defense expert.
The term cyberbullying refers to a wide range of activities that include: cruel online posts or pictures, online negative comments, threats and harassment, and stalking through emails, texts or social media.
The bully gets to remain anonymous by hiding behind a screen name or username. This is very appealing to cowards because they get to sit home and belittle people and most likely never be held accountable. It’s the lowest form of communication coupled with a very insecure and unstable person.
A person of any age can be susceptible to cyberbullying, simply by having a profile of any kind online. Perhaps you are a public figure and there are articles written about you, or you the one writing articles or you simply could post a comment on an article. In any of those situations, you could be targeted by a cyberbully. However, young adults and children are more likely to targeted by cyberbullies.
If you have children, check in on their social media as much as possible and look for clues of cyberbullies or even cyberstalking. Are your kids engaging with strangers?
If you or your kids encounter cyberbullying behavior, here are some options on how to deal with it:
For more information, go to www.stopbullying.gov.