Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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Students in Kindergarten - Fifth Grade

Some of the ways kids bully other kids on the computer is by calling them names, saying or writing nasty things about them, threatening them, making them feel uncomfortable or scared or trying to make them do things they don't want to do.

There are a lot of reasons why kids bully. They may see it as a way of being popular or making themselves look tough and in charge. Some bullies do it to get attention or to make other people afraid of them.

Ways younger students can be encouraged to handle online bullying:

  • Ignore the bullying or tell them to stop.
  • Kids should tell a parent, teacher or trusted adult if he/she is being bullied online. This isn't "tattling."
  • If a child knows someone else who is being mean to other kids online, the child should tell them to stop and then tell a parent or teacher.

Pledge for younger students:

  • I will tell my mom, dad or trusted adult if someone is bothering me or calling me names while I am on the Internet;
  • I will never be mean to anyone while I am on the computer. I won't call them names or make fun of them;
  • I will be a buddy to anyone who is being called names or made fun of on the computer; and
  • I will not bully someone just because he/she has already been mean to me on the computer.