Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets, as well as, communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

The Donegal School District is committed to providing all students with a safe, healthy, and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with mutual respect, tolerance, and dignity. The School District recognizes that bullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, and may lead to more serious violence. The following is taken from Tips for Preventing Online Bullying by Sharron Kahn Luttrell and is being shared for your information.


  1. What Is a Cyberbully?
  2. A Cyberbully might:
  3. Five ways to protect your child:
  4. Is Your Child a Victim?
  5. Signs that your child is being bullied can be hard to spot but may include:
  6. If you suspect your child is being cyberbullied, talk to him or her. Tell your child that by talking it over, you can work out a plan to deal with bullying. You might:
  7. If you learn that your child is being cruel to someone online, find out why. Often, cyberbullies are victims themselves. If this is the case with your child, go over the suggestions to help protect them against being bullied. But remind them that bullying someone online or off is never ok.
  8. If your child notices someone else being picked on, encourage him/her to support the victim. Many social websites, such as YouTube and Facebook, allow users to report abuse. Bullies often back down when others make it clear they won’t tolerate rude or nasty behavior.
  9. Cyberbullying may be the most common online danger, but as a parent, talking openly about the issue is the best way to give your child the tools to protect him or herself from virtual sticks and stones.

Luttrell, S. (n.d.). Tips for Preventing Online Bullying. Retrieved March 11, 2015, from