When does "kids being kids" turn into cyberbullying?

Kids like to go online and use cell phones to email, chat, watch videos, send messages, play games, and do homework. But sometimes the language they use with each other can get mean or rude. It's important for kids to appreciate that their words can cause unintentional harm, whether used online or in person.

And that's really the difference between "kids being kids" and cyberbullying: intention. Sometimes meanness is accidental, but, when people use digital tools such as the Internet or text messages to deliberately upset someone else over and over, that's cyberbullying.

No matter what, if someone says or does something that makes your kid feel bad, he or she should tell a trusted adult. If your kid hurts a friend, he or she should apologize.

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Kid, 10 years old

I agree with Shayla. Once my "friend" at school (who will be unnamed and remain that way) was being rude to many people. He wasn't technically bullying people, just not interacting with them at all, excluding telling them to go away. I later discovered that he was having some troubles, and, while most people just treated him like he was a jerk, I tried to make him feel better. This often applies to cyberbullying: Kids being rude somehow. However, you should refrain from comforting them unless you know the person in real life. However, again, sometimes people may classify something (i.e constructive criticism) as cyberbullying when it is not. -Ragonoid
Kid, 10 years old

Usually why they cyberbully (or bully) is because they got hurt and they want to see others feel the same. So if you are getting cyberbullied, meet them in person and make them feel happy like you used to feel, and then you can be friends. Hope this helped! ~ShaylaRose123