What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using technology and devices. Mobile phones, computers, and tablets are used to embarrass, harass, intimidate and humiliate others through text messages and email, via social networking sites like Facebook and twitter, on chat and other instant messaging applications, and through online gaming and various other websites.

Cyberbullying is very common amongst kids and teens and can take place anywhere that children have access to technology, especially through the use of smart phones that give 24/7 access to the internet and social networking sites. It can be done by individuals or groups and the identities of the cyber bully or bullies are often kept anonymous through the use of fake profiles and private numbers.

Some common examples of cyberbullying amongst children and teenagers include:

  • Sending or posting abusive, threatening, humiliating or harassing messages via text message, email or through social networking sites like Facebook and twitter
  • Forwarding someone else’s personal emails, messages, pictures or videos without their permission
  • Taking and sending, or forwarding on sexually explicit images of other children
  • Using social networking sites or blogs to post inappropriate photographs or messages about other children or school staff
  • Causing other children or teens to feel excluded through the use of group emails, private chat groups  and social networking sites
  • Imitating others through the creation of fake profiles, or by using someone’s login without their permission, then sending and posting material which damages their social status or relationships with others
  • Making prank calls to another child or teens mobile phone
  • Encouraging others to contribute to the intimidation or harassment of someone else, by getting them to comment on messages, pictures and videos or through the use of online polls

Cyberbullying can be done by individuals or groups, whose identities are often kept anonymous through the use of fake profiles and private numbers.