Cyberbullying is a form of bullying. Cyberbullying is when an individual or a group repeatedly uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to intentionally fear, distress, or harm to another person, who finds it hard to stop it from happening.
Cyberbullying – using, for example, a mobile phone and/or the Internet – is when a person:
- sends nasty or threatening emails or messages on the Internet or via mobile phone
- sends mean or nasty comments or pictures about others to websites
- deliberately ignores or leaves others out over the Internet
- pretends to be someone else online to hurt them or make them look foolish.
Cyberbullying can happen through text messages, pictures, video-clips or emails etc being sent directly to a person, but also when these things are sent to others or posted on the Internet, about that person.
Do different people bully online to those who bully offline?
Many young people who cyberbully also bully offline. So what we know is that people who decide to bully others will use different ways to get the power they want over another person.
We recommend checking out these helpful articles in the Beacon app:
- Signs and symptoms of cyberbullying by The eSafety Office
- Step up to bullying (video) by ReachOut Australia
- Supporting your child if they're being cyberbullied by The eSafety Office
- What is the MOST important thing all parents need to know about their children and cyberbullying? (video) by ySafe
Simply search these titles in the FOR YOU menu or type 'cyberbullying for a full list of helpful articles and videos.