Cyberbullying is when a person or group of people keep doing things to someone online that make them feel hurt, upset or frightened and you cannot stop this from happening.
Cyberbullying can include repeated:
- Abusive or threatening messages or emails
- Posting of inappropriate images on social networking sites
- Excluding others from online chats or other communication
- Tagging of images inappropriately
- Sharing of someone’s personal or embarrassing information online
- Attacking players in online gaming for no strategic reason
Research has shown that many of the children and young people start off with face to face and move to online bullying. So, it is important to get in early and teach your children better ways to behave socially before these bullying become intrenched as a pattern in their social behaviour.
Cyber bullying can also be more intense than face-to-face because:
- It can occur 24/7 and be difficult to escape as you can also be targeted at home.
- The person bullying can have a sense of being anonymous online.
- It can have a large audience – messages or pictures can be sent to groups or posted on a public forum which can be permanent.
- It is less likely children will tell someone if they are cyberbullied or if they know someone else is being cyberbullied. This is often because they fear they will have their device taken away or will be restricted in their online time.