What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is a practice in which one person or group uses the internet to ridicule, harass, or harm another person. The social and emotional damage caused by cyberbullies originates in the offline world or leads to physical bullying.
Cyberbullying is a criminal offense in some legal systems, but a globally uniform legal approach has not yet been established.
Cyberbullies use social media and smartphones to harass victims from remote or local areas. Traditional bullying usually stops when a victim returns to the safety of their home, but cyberbullying is an ongoing process that is sustained through email, text messages, forum / blog posts, and other communication vehicles. Even if victims of cyberbullying change their profile settings and avoid certain websites, cyberbullying can easily continue public bullying activities.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) offers the following recommendations for victims of cyberbullying:
Block cyberbullies on all social media sites.
Report Cyberbullies to website administrators.
Avoid sharing personal information online.
If you are a minor, speak to a trusted adult about cyberbullying.
The NCPC also encourages those who are not victims to become anti-bullying advocates by refusing to participate in cyberbullying campaigns, exposing cyberbullying, and raising awareness about cyberbullying.