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C.H.A.M.P.S.- Cyperbulling
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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Captain Melanie Williams of the Miller County Sheriff's Office spoke to the Miller County Middle School students about bullying and cyberbullying. She expressed the importance of reporting bullying to an adult. Many school incidents related to bullying are not reported to the school staff; however, students wait until they get home and report it to the parents. Captain Williams advised the students to continue to make their parents aware of situations that happen at school, but also stressed the importance of making school staff aware straightaway if there is an issue. It is important to report events immediately so that it can be documented and handled accordingly.

Since cyberbullying is such a relevant issue, Captain Williams included this in her presentation. There are correct ways to respond to cyberbullying, and students were told how to correctly handle a social media instance of bullying. Her advice is not to respond. Next, the student is to make screen shots of the threats or harassing messages and show them to an adult. By following this procedure, law enforcement or school officials will be able to handle the matter.

The National Crime Prevention Council reports that 81% of teens cyberbully because they feel it is no big deal (texting, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, You-Tube, etc.). Cyber-bullying is a serious problem and more importantly IT’S WRONG. Captain Williams advised the students to practice the three don’ts. Don't write it, don't forward it, and don't like it.

You don't have to click the like button because a friend posts a comment. By clicking the like button, you are agreeing with the statement or picture which supports the bullying. DON'T BE A BULLY, BE A FRIEND! 



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