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This resource, developed by ASERT for ASDNext, provides information about cyberbullying as well as tips on what to do if you have experienced cyberbullying. Please click on the link below to access this helpful resource.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, almost 1 in 4 students reported being bullied and of those, 10% said it happened online or by text messaging.

What should you do if you or someone you know has been the victim of cyberbullying?

There is a young girl in the forefront. She is looking sad and holding a phone. There are two girls behind her with a phone looking at her.

    • Save the evidence and share it with a trusted adult such as a parent or teacher.
    • Avoid responding to the bully’s messages/posts. Also, do not try to get revenge of any kind.
    • Block the bully on your social media profile and on your phone.
    • Monitor your stress.
    • Ask to talk to a counselor or therapist if you feel like your stress becomes a problem.
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) if you begin to have thoughts of harming yourself. In the event of immediate danger to you or someone else, always call 911.

Understanding Cyberbullying

What Happens?

  • Make fun of others
  • Call people names
  • Insult others
  • Make up and spread rumors
  • Threaten others with harm
  • Send harassing messages
  • Post others’ private information online

Bullies Target People Based On:

  • Physical appearance
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation

Bullying Can Affect Your:

  • Self-esteem/self-image
  • Relationships with friends and family
  • Schoolwork
  • Physical and mental health

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.