Cyber-bullying is a form of bullying where online abuse is sent in lots of different communication forms. Cyber-bullying can be 24 hours a day 7 days a week bullying. The internet doesn’t have an on off button.


Bullying on the Internet can happen in three ways:

  1. By using e-mail
  2. By targetting someone deliberately through the use of social networking sites
  3. By somebody setting up a site with the intention to 'victimise' an individual or group of people

There are different forms of cyber-bullying as listed below:-

Gossip: Posting or sending cruel gossip to damage a person’s reputation and relationships with friends, family, and acquaintances.
Exclusion: Deliberately excluding someone from an online group.
Impersonation: Breaking into someone’s e-mail or other online account and sending messages that will cause embarrassment or damage to the person’s reputation and affect his or her relationship with others.

Harassment: Repeatedly posting or sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages.
Cyber stalking: Posting or sending unwanted or intimidating messages, which may include threats.
Flaming: Online fights where disrespectful and offensive messages are posted on websites, forums, or blogs.
Outing and Trickery: Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information, this is then shared online.
Cyber threats: Remarks on the Internet threatening or implying violent behaviour, displaying suicidal tendencies.

Who can be targeted?

Anyone can be targeted but you are more vulnerable to cyber-bullying and online abuse if you post content into public domains for example a YouTube video or a photograph shared publicly on Facebook or another social network.

Why would someone be targeted? Where can it go wrong?

You might be targeted if somebody doesn’t agree with an opinion you have expressed online. Therefore somebody retaliating or sending nasty comments. Or it could be something completely random where by somebody targets you out of nowhere and sends online abuse. Cyber-bullying has no limits. It can also be related to real world bullying where it continues online, indirect retweets or the creation of nasty quotes is classed as indirect cyberbullying and is hard to tackle.

For more information see How to combat cyber-bullying page and Cyber-bullying resources page.

Last updated: 08 December 2016 10:46:11