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What is Cyberbullying?

teen typing on laptopCyberbullying is a term we are all too familiar with these days. But what exactly does it mean?

Cyberbullying is any kind of bullying or harassment using some form of technology – cell phones, social media, email or other internet communication.

It can come from someone you know, or can be from a complete stranger and can involve posting an unflattering or sexual picture or sharing private emails or self-expression that was meant to be private (poems, songs or notes).

Bullies engage in cyberbullying to humiliate or embarrass the target person. There are many ways to accomplish this and cyberbullying often affects everyone a little bit differently.

Cyberbullying can be harder to avoid than face to face bullying – it can occur at any time, can reach a wider audience, can use photos or videos, and can even be anonymous.


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