Cyberbullying is bullying with the use of digital technologies. It can take place on social media, messaging platforms, gaming platforms, and mobile phones. It is repeated behavior, aimed at scaring, angering, or shaming those who are targeted. Examples include:

Face-to-face bullying and cyberbullying can often happen alongside each other. But cyberbullying leaves a digital footprint – a record that can prove useful and provide evidence to help stop the abuse.

Cyberbullying can be just as hurtful as other types of bullying, and in some ways it can actually be worse. Cyberbullying is not limited to the playground; it can occur anytime children are online, even if they’re at home. Also, the bully can sometimes remain anonymous, which can make bullying more difficult to stop.

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Examples Of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can take many forms. Below are some examples of things that can be considered cyberbullying:

  • Writing hurtful things through instant messaging, text messaging, or online games
  • Posting derogatory messages on social networking sites
  • Posting or sharing embarrassing photos or videos
  • Creating a fake profile in order to humiliate someone

When bullying happens online it can feel as if you’re being attacked everywhere, even inside your own home. It can seem like there’s no escape. The effects can last a long time and affect a person in many ways:

  • Mentally — feeling upset, embarrassed, stupid, and even angry 
  • Emotionally — feeling ashamed or losing interest in the things you love
  • Physically — tired (loss of sleep), or experiencing symptoms like stomach aches and headaches 
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The feeling of being laughed at or harassed by others can prevent people from speaking up or trying to deal with the problem. In extreme cases, cyberbullying can even lead to people taking their own lives. 

Cyberbullying can affect us in many ways. But these can be overcome and people can regain their confidence and health

Cyberbullying is often done by children, who have increasingly early access to these technologies. The problem is compounded by the fact that a bully can hide behind a pseudonymous user name, disguising his or her true identity. This secrecy makes it difficult to trace the source and encourages bullies to behave more aggressively than they might in a situation where they were identified.

Digital technology offers users the ability to continuously connect with others (via direct messaging, online chatrooms, and social networking sites) at any given time of the day or night. Furthermore, most of the information shared electronically can be permanently stored and public to a wider audience, if not removed or reported promptly. This immediate and lasting line of communication allows perpetrators to persistently harass their target, leaving them feeling vulnerable and powerless.  51 percent of children globally reported that cyberbullying was done by a classmate and with such behavior often translating into the offline world, children find little to no relief from cyberbullying.

How To Stop Cyberbullying

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The vast majority, 90%, of teens agree that cyberbullying is a problem, and 63% believe this is a serious problem. Unfortunately, most teens also believe that schools, politicians, and social media companies are failing to address the problem.

The good news is that most teens also feel that their parents are effective allies. Still, it’s on parents to be vigilant and reach out to their children if they perceive a possible problem. Often, teens will hesitate to tell parents or other adults if they are the victims of cyberbullying. Often, this lack of communication stems from embarrassment or fear. Victims worry that teachers and parents won’t be able to stop the abuse and that the harassment will only worsen once the bully finds out that they’ve told an adult.

If you believe that your child is being bullied, or is a bully, it’s critical for you to reach out immediately. Look for practical ways to address the issue, such as involving school administrators and/or a therapist or contacting social media sites directly.

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In some cases, bullying crosses the line from aggravation to criminal harassment or threats. A 2018 study found that children and young adults who are the victims of cyberbullying are more than twice as likely to engage in self-harm or attempt suicide.

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There is no time to hesitate if you believe that your child is the victim of cyberbullying. Reach out to your child immediately. Save all posts, messages, and communications from the bully by taking screenshots, or photos on your smartphone, in addition to recording the time and date and any other relevant information. Bring everything to the school administration and consider involving the police if you feel that things have crossed the line.

Don’t Engage

A 2018 survey of children’s online behavior found that approximately 60% of children who use social media have witnessed some form of bullying, and that, for various reasons, most children ignored the behavior altogether.

In order to combat this, a mix of acknowledgment and avoidance is recommended. Those observing the attacks must be willing to report problems to friends, family members, or teachers. While those being bullied are often better off ignoring the attacks rather than responding. The goal of any bully is to goad his or her victim into anger, in effect “getting to” the target and making him or she acknowledge ridiculous claims or malicious statements.

The best option for victims is to block the bully from social media and email accounts altogether. For many social media apps, such as Facebook or Instagram, blocking not only removes the bully from the victim’s view, it also means that the bully can no longer directly link to the victim’s profile or even see posts by mutual contacts that tag the victim.

Understand the Scope

Many adults believe social media sites are the likely stages for bullying behaviors, and they’re right. But, with 95% of teens now using smartphones, there’s a far greater scope of potential harm. Bullying can occur on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or through Snapchat, emails, and texts coming directly from bullies.

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In addition to almost ubiquitous smartphone access, 45% of teens report near-constant online activity, and harassment too can become almost constant. With the rapid changes in technology, it’s imperative to continuously monitor your children’s mobile devices and their online behavior to stay ahead of any potential threats.

Recognize the Signs

A cyberbullied child looks the same as any adolescent—often unwilling to talk about his or her day or disclose personal information. But you should be on the lookout for other signs that your child is the victim of cyberbullying, like a loss of interest in favorite activities, an unexplained decline in grades, skipped classes, symptoms of depression, and changes in sleeping or eating habits.

While many of these may be indicative of multiple concerns, be especially alert if also notice a sudden lack of interest in using the computer or a tendency to become upset after being online or using your smartphone. Or in the case of a child who is the aggressor, extreme anger if you take his or her phone or computer privileges away.

Keep Data Secure

In the cases of Izzy Dix and Gabbie Green, bullies were able to set up a fake Facebook profile for the victims opening up a whole new level of abuse. It’s important for you and your teen to be diligent when it comes to their online posting behavior.

It’s also a good idea to limit the number of personal photos and information that your child posts. Make sure they understand how to create secure passwords and to change them regularly. Bullies have been known to hack or “hijack” victims’ profiles to post rude and offensive comments. Likewise, teens should always set their social media profiles to “private” and ignore messages from people they don’t know altogether.

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Don’t Get Turned Around

As noted by, some victims do fight back against bullies, and then become bullies themselves. While this may seem like one way to solve the problem, what often happens is a “sort of back-and-forth between victim and aggressor” which tends to continue, and escalate, the behavior.

Make sure to educate your teen about being respectful of others’ feelings and privacy online. Tell your child that you understand the impulse to retaliate, but that in the long term, it’s best not to get involved in that way.

Stand Together

It’s important to stand together and look for long-term solutions to cyberbullying. In 2015 Canada passed a bill into law that made it illegal to distribute images of a person without their consent and allows police to obtain a warrant for information about internet users based on “reasonable grounds to suspect” an offense has been perpetrated.

The bill wasn’t perfect, but it became a road map for future legislation to keep kids safe on the internet. Meanwhile, in the US, laws vary by state, so it’s important to understand your rights and escalate things to the proper authorities if they become out of hand.

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