Most of us have access to technology via mobile phones, tablets, or computers, and these means of communication open up a whole new way of connecting with family and friends. Unfortunately, these tools can also be used to cause harm and hurt others. All bullying is cowardly and causes deliberate harm to the target.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is an aggressive, deliberate act of online bullying which occurs frequently and repeatedly using electronic mediums, usually a computer or mobile device.
Because of the anonymous nature of this type of bullying, the targets of cyberbullying usually do not know who the bully is or why they are being bullied. It also occurs 24/7 meaning there is no relief for the target of cyberbullying.
Social networks are the most common way cyberbullying occurs and media bullying (harrassment by various news media networks) is also a big problem. Cyberbullies use texts, emails, blogs, chat rooms, online forums, social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, direct messages and online gaming platforms.