What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is any kind of bullying or harassment using some form of technology, including cell phones, social media, email or other internet communications such as an online forum.
Cyberbullying can include such activities as:
- Posting an unflattering or sexual picture
- Sharing private emails
- Sharing other communications that were meant to be private such as poems or notes
The cyberbully’s point is to embarrass the target person. Unfortunately, there are lots of ways they can do this. As kids and teens tend to be more self-conscious, it can affect them a great deal and cause a lot of emotional pain.
Cyberbullying can also be harder to avoid than face-to-face bullying – it can occur at any time, reach a wider audience, use photos or videos and may even be anonymous. However, there are some ways to limit a bully’s access to information and to block the activity. Some hacks you can share with your kids and teens to limit cyberbullying include protecting private and personal information, avoiding interacting with bullies online and resolving the cyberbullying situation.