CyberBullying Information 1

Cyberbullies use the Internet or cell phones to send hurtful messages or post information to damage the reputation and friendships of others.
Contact the police if the cyberbullying involves threats of violence, coercion, intimidation based on hate or bias, or any form of sexual exploitation.

Who: A cyber bully may be a person whom the target knows or an online stranger. A cyber bully may be anonymous and enlist the aid of others, including online "friends."


What is Cyber bullying?

Flaming:  Angry, rude arguments.

Harassment: Repeatedly sending offensive messages.

Denigration:  "Dissing" someone online by spreading rumors or posting false information.

Outing and trickery: Disseminating intimate private information or tricking someone into disclosing private information, which is then revealed

Impersonation:  Pretending to be someone else and posting material to damage that person’s reputation.

Exclusion:  Intentionally excluding someone from an online group.

Cyberstalking:  Creating fear by sending offensive messages and engaging in threatening activity.


How: Cyber bullying may occur via personal Web sites, blogs, e-mail, discussion groups, message boards, chat, instant messaging, or voice, text, or image cell phones.


Why: Cyber bullying may be a continuation of, or in retaliation for, in-school bullying. It may be related to fights about relationships or be based on hate or bias. Some teens think cyber bullying is a fun game.


Teens might think…

They think they are invisible, so they think they can’t be punished. No real harm has been caused online. They should have a free speech right to post whatever they want, regardless of the harm caused.


The Harm:

Cyber bullying can cause great emotional harm. The communications can be vicious and occur 24/7. Damaging material can be widely disseminated and impossible to fully remove. Teens are reluctant to tell adults for fear they will be restricted from online activities or the cyber bully will retaliate. Cyber bullying can lead to youth suicide and violence.