Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology.
Electronic technology includes devices and communication tools such as:
Mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Examples of cyberbullying include:
Why Cyberbullying is
Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior.
Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can happen any time of the day or night.
Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages,
texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after
they have been posted or sent.
Cell phones and the internet themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying.
Although some think being subject to harassment is just part of the cost of being online (i.e., have to put up with internet "trolls"), it's not. Most sites and states have policies banning harassment via electronic means.
Effects of Cyberbullying
Most people use social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment.
Receive poor grades
Use alcohol and drugs
Have more health problems
these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar. Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to:
If you’re a victim of cyberbullying or know anyone who is one, don’t remain silent but seek for help from certified counsellors.