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Episode 1: What is Cyber Bullying?

What is bullying?

Bullying is the repeated verbal, physical, and/or social abuse of power in relationships with the intent of causing physical, social, and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group abusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more people who are powerless to stop it.

Bullying can occur in person or online, through various digital platforms and devices, and it can be visible (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behavior is repeated over time or has the potential to be repeated (for example, through the sharing of digital records).

What is Cyber bullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place through the use of digital technologies. It can happen on social media, messaging platforms, gaming platforms, and mobile phones. It is repeated behavior aimed at scaring, angering, or shaming those who are targeted. Examples include:

spreading lies about or posting embarrassing photos or videos of someone on social media sending hurtful, abusive, or threatening messages, images, or videos via messaging platforms impersonating someone and sending mean messages to others on their behalf or through fake accounts

Types of Cyberbullying

  1. Exclusion
    Exclusion is the deliberate exclusion of someone. Exclusion occurs in in-person bullying situations, but it is also used online to target and bully a victim. For example, your child may be excluded/uninvited to groups or parties while other friends are included, or they may be left out of message threads or conversations involving mutual friends.
  2. Harassment
    Harassment is a broad category into which many types of cyberbullying fall, but it generally refers to a sustained and consistent pattern of hurtful or threatening online messages sent with the intent of causing harm to someone.
  3. Outing/Doxing
    Outing, also known as doxing, is the act of openly revealing sensitive or personal information about someone without their consent in order to embarrass or humiliate them. This can range from the distribution of personal photos or documents of public figures to the sharing of an individual’s saved personal messages in an online private group. The key point is the victim’s refusal to consent.
  4. Deception
    Trickery is similar to outing, but with an added element of deception. In these situations, the bully will befriend their target and lull them into a false sense of security. Once the bully has gained their target’s trust, they abuse that trust by disclosing the victim’s secrets and private information to a third party or multiple third parties.
  5. Cyberstalking
    Cyberstalking is a particularly serious form of cyberbullying that can include threats of physical harm to the child being targeted. It can include monitoring, false accusations, threats, and is frequently accompanied by offline stalking. It is a criminal offense that can result in a restraining order, probation, and even jail time for the perpetrator.

6. framing

When a bully uses your child’s social networking accounts to post inappropriate content with their name, this is known as “framing.” When friends write funny posts on each other’s profiles, it can be harmless, but it also has the potential to be extremely harmful. For example, a bully may post racial or homophobic slurs on someone else’s profile in order to harm their reputation.

7. Disguising

Masquerading occurs when a bully creates a fictitious online profile or identity for the sole purpose of cyberbullying someone. To fool the victim, you could create a fake email account, a fake social media profile, and choose a new identity and photos. In these cases, the bully is usually someone the victim knows well.

8. Dissing

Dissing is the act of a bully spreading cruel information about their target through public posts or private messages in order to damage their reputation or relationships with others. In these cases, the bully has a personal relationship with the victim, either as an acquaintance or a friend.

9. troll

Trolling occurs when a bully intentionally upsets others by posting inflammatory comments online. Trolling is not always a form of cyberbullying, but when done with malicious and harmful intent, it can be used as a tool to cyberbully. These bullies are more detached from their victims and lack a personal relationship.

10. flaming

This type of online bullying involves posting or sending insults and profanity to their target. Flaming is similar to trolling, but it is usually a more direct attack on a victim in order to get them to fight online.


The 10 Types of Cyberbullying

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