The National Crime Prevention Council’s definition of cyber-bullying is “when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.” StopCyberbullying.org, an expert organization dedicated to internet safety, security and privacy, defines cyberbullying as: “a situation when a child, tween or teen is repeatedly ‘tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted’ by another child, tween or teen using text messaging, email, instant messaging or any other type of digital technology.” Other researchers use similar language to describe the phenomenoDefined as “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.

With cyberbullying comes power, that power often shifts, hidden behind content, pictures, video, etc. A cyberbully can send harassing emails, instant messages, or post to online bulletins, social networking sites, or develop Web sites/pages to promote and disseminate defamatory content. Additionally, cyber bullies can send text messages (sms/mms) via cell phones.

Why “cyberbullying” – it is the power to remain anonymous. They are no longer the “geek” or “nerd” in school. They now have the power of the Internet and other technology, the power to remain anonymous – “the ability to hide behind some measure of anonymity, which frees them from normative and social constraints on their behavior.”


CyberBullying Research

National Crime Prevention Council – Cyberbullying


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