Cyberbullying Information for Parents


Name-calling. Repeated harassment. Extreme embarrassment.   

Most adults know the signs of bullying when they see it, but today‚Äôs parents must be especially vigilant to know when and if their children are involved in an incident of bullying.  

The Internet and widespread use of mobile devices have contributed to the rise of cyberbullying, the repeated use of digital media to pick on another person.  

Cyberbullying takes place over the Internet and mobile devices in ways that could be completely hidden from the knowledge of parents, guardians and school staff.

MySecureCyberspace - Carnegie Mellon University


The Fayetteville-Manlius School District created this web page to help parents be better informed about social media apps and websites that could be negatively impacting their children. This web page includes resources and information geared specifically to parents on the topic of cyberbullying and Internet usage.  


Tips for Parents

Parent Today has put together an informational handout for parents that includes tips on recognizing when cyberbullying is taking place and suggestions on how to handle it.

New York State School Boards Association: Strategies to Prevent Cyberbullying

A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety (The FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Netsmartz for Parents




Report Bullying  

The F-M school district encourages students, staff, parents and community members to report to the district bullying incidents. Reports can be made to the district anonymously online via the district's "Bully Button."





In addition, the F-M Technology Committee will update this page as needed to inform parents of particular social media channels and apps that are being used for cyberbullying purposes. Relevant information will be posted below.

Yik Yak is an anonymous social media app and website that anyone can use to post text. It pulls the location of the user and shares posts within a 1.5-mile radius. Because content is posted anonymously, users may think their posts cannot be traced, and, therefore, many posts are inappropriate and vulgar. However, law enforcement has been able to trace the anonymous posters.

Many Fayetteville and Manlius community members use Yik Yak, including some Fayetteville-Manlius students. is a smartphone app that has been a breeding ground for bullying. It is not a website supported by the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. This site resides in Latvia and has been controversial. Once users create a profile they can anonymously post questions to subscribers. Typically these questions are derogatory and mean-spirited.

More information can be found by clicking on the links below.

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Snapchat is a popular texting tool that allows users to set a time limit for how long recipients can view their messages, or Snaps, before they are hidden from the recipient's device and deleted from Snapchat's servers. Users can adjust the settings so messages are deleted from one to 10 seconds. Texting media includes audio, video and still photographs. This may be used as a tool for bullying.

  Kik is an instant messaging app that uses WI FI or data from a device. Users create an account and have the ability to set permissions and security. Users share photographs or text, and have the ability to set up groups to message.

What Parents Need To Know

The links in the area will let you leave the Fayetteville-Manlius School District site. The linked sites are not under control of the District and the District is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. The District is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement nor responsibility by the District of the content of the site.