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Find out what makes cyberbullying different
What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is when someone bullies others using electronic means, this might involve social media and messaging services on the internet, accessed on a mobile phone, tablet or gaming platform. The behaviour is usually repeated.
Like any form of bullying, cyberbullying can be horrible for the children involved and hard for them to talk about.
Cyberbullying can happen via text, email and on social networks and gaming platforms. It can consist of:
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- Threats and intimidation
- Harassment and stalking
- Rejection and exclusion
- Identify theft, hacking into social media accounts and impersonation
- Publically posting or sending on personal information about another person
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Cyberbullying facts and statistics
Reported cyberbullying statistics vary considerably.
The fact is the more time children spend online the more chance they have of having a negative experience at some point. About half of all cyberbullying comes from someone known to the victim.
Why is cyberbullying different?
One of the biggest differences between cyberbullying and face-to-face bullying is that it can be hard to get away from. Young people could be bullied anywhere, anytime – even when they’re at home.
- It can reach a vast audience in a matter of seconds
- It has the potential to draw in large numbers of people
- It takes ‘repetition’ to a different level, with hurtful comments and images being shared multiple times
- It has the potential to impact at any time of day or night
- It can offer a degree of anonymity to the perpetrator
- There are very few children that have not been impacted in some way, either as the perpetrator or the victim
- It’s difficult to police and to punish
- There is often some form of evidence (e.g. screen shot, text message).
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You’ll hear various different words used in the context of cyberbullying, so it helps to know what each of these mean. Click on the words below to learn the definition.
stealing someone’s profile or setting up fake profiles to lure people into starting online relationships
sending repeated and frequent messages that include real threats of physical harm
sending or posting information that’s intended to damage someone’s reputation
deliberately excluding someone from online conversations, games and activities
sending angry, abusive online messages to intentionally provoke someone into starting an argument
logging into someone else’s account, impersonating them or posting inappropriate content in their name
abusing and angering people through online gaming
targeting an individual or group with persistent and offensive messages which could develop into cyberstalking
creating a fake identity or impersonating someone else online to harass an individual anonymously
publicly sharing personal, private or embarrassing information, photos or videos about someone online
ganging up on an individual online and sending offensive abuse until the victim is seen to ‘crack’
deliberately posting provocative and insulting messages about sensitive subjects or inflicting racism or misogyny on an individual