What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying perpetrated through electronic devices or online platforms including texting, instant messages, social media, and email. It allows a bully to repeatedly cause harm without needing to be face-to-face and is as damaging as physical bullying.
Like verbal or physical bullying, online bullying differs from conflict because it’s an intentional pattern of repeated behaviors intended to do harm.
The influx of social media platforms has allowed bullies to build large followings and encourage additional participants to join in and target victims of bullying.
Anyone can be a targeted by a cyberbully, but studies suggest that children with attention and/or learning issues may be at higher risk. In addition, 55 percent of LGBTQ children are victims of online bullying.
Types of Cyberbullying:
- Spreading rumors or telling lies about another person
- Posting embarrassing or offensive photos, videos, or live streams without permission on social media
- Circulating said photos or videos by other means like email or text
- Rude and hurtful comments
- Sexual harassment including inappropriate or provocative comments
- Racial discrimination, making racial slurs
- Attacking another person’s gender identity
- Attacking another person’s sexuality, homophobia
Signs of cyberbullying:
- Does not let you see the computer monitor, phone, or tablet screen
- Feels anxious when receiving a text or email
- Avoids technology
- Check out our post on warning signs for more
Bullying is a behavior that is learned and can be stopped.
Check us out tomorrow for Part 4 of our #BullyingIsNotOK Series to find out what steps students can take if they are a victim of bullying or witness someone else being bullied.