Cyberbullying is bullying gone techno. It involves the use of electronic media such as mobile phones, e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, social media, or other forms of information technology to deliberately threaten, harass, or intimidate someone.
Physical, face-to-face bullying continues, sadly, and it is no nicer today than it was at any other time in history. A physical bully, however, is restrained by time and place–after school, on the oval.
Today’s cyberbullies can carry out their nastiness anytime, anywhere. All that’s needed is a device in the hands of both bully and victim, be it a phone or an internet connection. Tracking the identity of the perpetrator may be difficult. This anonymous element allows the bully to act more aggressively than he or she would in person, and it heightens the fear factor considerably.
In the past, a student could be reassured that home was a safe haven, but nowadays, a bully’s threats follow the victim and can pop up the next time the student logs online or turns on his/her mobile phone.
Cyberbullying is incidious and can have lasting negative consequences for both the perpetrator and the victim.