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Be Cyber Kind

It's cool to be kind

The power of online positivity

The digital world creates new challenges and opportunities for social interaction, for kids and all the rest of us. Social cues can be harder to read online, constant connecting can bring both comfort and anxiety, and anonymity can fuel crushes and compliments as well as harm to self and others.

It’s complicated, but we know that the Internet can amplify kindness as well as negativity. Learning to express kindness and empathy – and how to respond to negativity and harassment – is essential for building healthy relationships and reducing feelings of isolation that sometimes lead to bullying, depression, academic struggles, and other problems.

Research shows that rather than simply telling kids not to be negative online, effective bullying prevention addresses the underlying causes of negative behaviors. These activities encourage students to interact positively from the start and teach them how to deal with negativity when it arises.


From bystanders to upstanders
Mind your tone
Walking the walk
Kind Kingdom


Define what being positive means and looks like online and offline.

Lead with positivity in online communications. 

Identify situations in which a trusted adult should be consulted.


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Purposefully mean behavior that is usually repeated. The person being targeted often has a hard time defending themselves.


Bullying that happens online or through using digital devices.


A more general term than bullying that can take many forms – pestering, annoying, intimidating, humiliating, etc. – and can happen online too.


An argument or disagreement that isn’t necessarily repeated.


The person doing the harassing or bullying; though sometimes called the “bully,” bullying prevention experts advise never to label people as such.


The person being bullied or victimized.


A witness to harassment or bullying who recognizes the situation but chooses not to intervene.


A witness to harassment or bullying who supports the target privately or publicly, sometimes including trying to stop and/or report the incident they witnessed.


To increase or widen participation or impact.


A form of harassment or bullying used online and offline; often referred to as “social exclusion”.


A way to end all interaction with another person online, preventing them from accessing your profile, sending you messages, seeing your posts, etc., without notifying them (not always ideal in bullying situations where the target wants to know what the aggressor is saying or when the bullying has stopped).


Less final than blocking, muting is a way to stop seeing another person’s posts, comments, etc., in your social media feed when that communication gets annoying – without notifying that person or being muted from their feed (not helpful in bullying).


An unnamed or unknown person – someone online whose name or identity you don’t know.


Posting or commenting online in a way that is deliberately cruel, offensive, or provocative.

Report abuse

Using a social media service’s online tools or system to report harassment, bullying, threats, and other harmful content that typically violates the service’s terms of service or community standards.