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Understanding Cyber Bullying

Learn what cyberbullying is and get tips to stop it. Together, we can raise awareness and create a safer online environment for everyone.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Even though this form of bullying can be anonymous or distant in nature, it can result in the same level of psychological or emotional damage as traditional forms of bullying.

Cyberbullying can take many forms.

Bullying is not just physical. It also includes verbal, relational, and online cruelty. In relational bullying, kids use friendship--and the threat of taking their friendship away—to hurt others. Cyberbullying can be especially destructive because of how quickly and how widely cruel messages can spread.

  • Sending harassing or threatening text messages
  • Spreading rumors or insults
Social Media Harassment
  • Posting mean comments and embarrassing photos
  • Creating fake profiles to defame someone
Online Exclusion
  • Intentionally excluding someone from online groups or activities
  • Taking over someone's online accounts
  • Pretending to be them to spread rumors
  • Sharing or identifying someone's private information online without their consent.

How you can deal with cyberbullying

Take a Break

The main goal of cyberbullies is to upset or irritate you, provoking an emotional response. If someone posts something rude online, put down your device for a few minutes. Give yourself space to calm down and think clearly before responding (or not responding at all). The choice is yours.

Avoid checking your posts over and over again

You have the power to control your social media usage. Set limits, like checking your accounts for a few hours a day or less. By avoiding constant browsing, cyberbullying won't feel as relentless if it happens. This also allows time for self-care and a break from the online world.

Do not hesitate to report or block

Thankfully, most social media platforms offer features to report and block bullies. This empowers you to feel safer online. Remember, you have every right to report and block anyone who makes you feel targeted by cyberbullying.

Gather Evidence

Screenshots are valuable tools when reporting cyberbullying. They provide proof of what someone said online. Additionally, screenshots ensure you have a copy of the cyberbullying, even if the perpetrator deletes their messages.