UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Bullying and Cyber-Bullying

We all assume that bullying is a part of life when we're younger, but bullying doesn't just occur in grades K-12. It is being reported more and more frequently on college campuses. Bullying can take many forms in the college setting; hazing, intimidation, and even cyber bullying just to name a few.  

Bullying can impact a person's self-esteem, self-worth and cause devastating emotional effects no matter what the age. The most serious result being suicide. With recent stories about intimidation and harassment on college campuses leading to completed suicides, we know how very important it is for students to seek support and to know where resources are on campus to help them resolve the issue if they are being bullied in some way. Bullying is unacceptable behavior and is not tolerated on UWRF's campus.

 

Bullying is repeated, deliberate and hurtful behavior representing an imbalance of power that often takes form in physical, verbal, indirect, and cyber interactions.
Cyber Bullying is using the internet or messaging systems to send or post messages or images that are intended to embarrass, threaten, or hurt another person. 
 

Stop, block and tell

If you are targeted by a cyberbully:
STOP!
Don't do anything. Take 5! to calm down.
Block!
Block the cyberbully or limit all communications to those on your buddy list.  and
Tell!
Tell a trusted UWRF staff member, you don't have to face this alone.
Report cyberbullying to wiredsafety.org


How students can protect themselves from being embarrassed, threatened, or hurt by bullying or cyber-bullying.

  • Do not post or share any personal information online about yourself that includes your phone number, address, credit card information, or Social Security number.
  • Keep all of your usernames and passwords secret.
  • Do your best to block all communication with the cyber-bully. 
  • Inform UWRF Police, Resident Life staff members, Counseling Services, family, and friends that you are being victimized. 
  • Keep a record of all e-mails, text messages, etc., that you have received from the bully.
  • Do not reply to the bullying messages.
  • When the messages or actions make you feel threatened make sure to get the police involved.
  • Do not allow yourself to feel isolated or helpless because of bullying behavior. Talk to someone as soon as it starts to bother you and get the help you deserve to make it stop. 


For questions or support, please contact Student Health and Counseling Services at 715-425-3884.

These Links May Also Be Helpful:

www.cyberbullying.usdocumentlink  Top Ten Tips for Prevention

How to deal with Cyber-bullieslink   5 Tips for what to do when it happens

SCSU Counseling Resourceslink   List of resources


Some material on this page was adapted from stopcyberbullying.orglink and from Southern Connecticut State University's Counseling Center website.

Page last updated Summer 2014 by Mark Huttemier, M.A., LPC - Personal Counselor at University of Wisconsin-River Falls Counseling Services.