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Cyberbullying Information and Online Harassment Facts

The facts about cyberbullying and online harassment among children are alarming. On average, a child between the ages of 8 and 18 spends approximately 7 hours per day online. As digital communication has evolved, bullying and harassment are no longer confined to physical or in-person interactions. It can happen at any time of day in text or direct messages, through social media, and on other websites. The cyberbullying and online harassment trend is increasing and the impact can be significant and painful for the victim.

girl experiencing cyberbullying problem

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when an individual intimidates, defames, and/or harasses others on the internet, social media, or through text/direct messages.

Cyberbullying has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Cyberbullying is when an individual intimidates, defames, and/or harasses others on the internet, social media, or through text/direct messages. It can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, personal information, negative comments, or hate speech. When sensitive information is posted online, it can become a major problem since content posted on the internet is immediately accessible, can be viewed by many, and has the ability to tarnish someone’s reputation almost instantly. Once something is published online, it can seem nearly impossible to remove. Cyber Safeguard’s Take Action Guide was created to offer guidance and lead individuals and parents through the process of responding to a case of cyberbullying.

Types of Cyberbullying

Types of Online Harassment Threats
Threats
Types of Online Harassment Encouraging Suicide or Self-Harm
Encouraging suicide or self-harm
Types of Cyberbullying Posting Unwanted Photos
Posting unwanted photos or videos
Types of Online Harassment Creating a Malicious Webpage
Creating a malicious webpage
Types of Cyberbullying Posting Negative Comments
Posting negative comments or rumors online
Types of Online Harassment Hate Crimes
Hate crimes
Types of Cyberbullying Sharing Private Information or Images
Sharing private information or images
Types of Online Harassment Impersonating Someone Else
Impersonating someone else online

Effects of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can cross the line into unlawful or criminal behavior. As opposed to a careless mistake in communications, cyberbullying typically involves repeated behavior and an intent to harm through the use of electronic devices. Victims may experience lower self-esteem, increased suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, negative academic performance, and a variety of negative emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, or socially insecure.

If you have experienced any of the types of cyberbullying listed above or have encountered situations like these in your school, Cyber Safeguard can equip you with resources to take action.
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