UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
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.
If you are targeted by a cyberbully:
Don't do anything. Take 5! to calm down.
Block the cyberbully or limit all communications to those on your buddy list. and
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.
For questions or support, please contact Student Health and Counseling Services at 715-425-3884.
Cyberbullying Tip Sheets National Crime Prevention Council
Some material on this page was adapted from stopcyberbullying.org and from Southern Connecticut State University's Counseling Center website.
Page updated Summer 2016 by Mark Huttemier, M.A., LPC - Personal Counselor at University of Wisconsin-River Falls