What is cyberbullying?
The use of technology or the internet to bully someone or hurt their feelings.
What are the different ways that someone could be cyberbullied?
Cyberbullying can take many forms, from posting mean things about someone in a chat room, to taking photos/videos of someone without their permission. It could involve sending mean text messages to someone, or convincing everyone to de-friend a person on Facebook.
What is the difference between cyberbullying and just having an argument with a friend on the internet?
There are four things that can help you identify cyberbullying over a normal argument between friends. Bullying is targeted and persistent behaviour that is intended to:
- Embarrass, or
Bullying also involves:
- An imbalance of power - for example a group ganging up on an individual or someone more confident picking on someone who can't defend themselves
- Repeated attacks without justified provication
You know that you might be bullying someone if they ask you to stop and you don't.
What should I do if I'm being cyberbullied?
Keeping quiet about cyberbullying only helps the bullies as it stops them from getting caught. The best thing you can do if you're being cyberbullied is tell a parent, teacher or trusted adult.
What should I do if I see someone being cyberbullied?
Bullies need an audience. If you are a willing part of the audience then you are actually part of the problem. If you ever see someone share something mean about someone else, think twice before you comment on it or just let it pass. You should either ask them to stop or notify a teacher, parent or trusted adult.
More information on cyberbullying is available from our Cyberbullying Hot Topic