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.
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
Encouraging suicide or self-harm
Posting unwanted photos or videos
Creating a malicious webpage
Posting negative comments or rumors online
Sharing private information or images
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.