Cyberbullying is Online Bullying

Bullying has been a problem at schools for decades so it's no surprise that today's K-12 students, who have adapted easily to the digital age, have incorporated online bullying into their school lives. Though teachers and parents may ask "What is cyberbullying?", there are sadly too many students who know all too well.

The Internet includes many sites that attempt to answer the question "What is cyberbullying". In searching for a definition of cyberbullying, there are common characteristics on which most studies agree. For instance, for student misbehavior to rise to a true definition of cyberbullying, it must occur more than once and include interactions via social media that involve a vulnerable victim. Research has shown that cyberbullies may sometimes be victims of online bullying themselves.

Here is a definition of cyberbullying for different types of behavior:

Gossip - This form of online bullying includes posting to social media sites or sending cruel gossip aimed at damaging someone's reputation and relationships.

Exclusion - Particularly painful during formative teen years, this involves deliberately excluding someone from group activities

Falsifying Identity - This occurs when the offender hacks another's account and begins posting content or pictures aimed at causing embarrassment or reputation damage to the victim. This form of online bullying is often aimed at exclusion.

Harassment - When the question "What is cyberbullying" is asked, the answer often refers to this type, which involves posting or sending rude, offensive and insulting comments and doing so repeatedly. Cyberstalking - This type of online bullying involves repeated posting or sending of annoying or overfamiliar messages or other inappropriate content

Flaming - This online bullying describes angry, derisive or otherwise insulting content often in the "comments" section of a site.

Deception and/or Outing - Using deceptive means to trick others into revealing private or embarrassing information and then revealing it on social networking sites can be devastating for teens.

Cyberthreats - The experts at Pew Research Center surveyed 12-17 year-olds over several years to determine what is cyberbullying and what they had experienced. Their research indicated that children and teens who are harassed online are more likely to be threatened offline.

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