Cyberbullying and Cyberharassment
Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs online, often through instant messaging, text messages, emails, and social networks. Cyberbullies may be the same age as the victims, or they may be older. If the perpetrator is an adult, it is generally called cyberstalking or cyberharassment.
Cyberbullying can be just as hurtful as other types of bullying, and in some ways it can actually be worse. Cyberbullying is not limited to the playground; it can occur anytime children are online, even if they're at home. Also, the bully can sometimes remain anonymous, which can make the bullying more difficult to stop.
Cyberbullying can take many forms. Below are some examples of things that can be considered cyberbullying:
The following resources have great information on cyberbullying, including helpful activities for kids and teens:
WiredSafety.org has general information on Internet safety. To learn more about cyberbullying, watch the video.