Bullying is no longer limited to the bus or the school hallway; kids also use technology to intimidate and harass (to bully) other people.
What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying comes in a variety of forms, which can include embarrassing or cruel online posts, private or embarrassing digital pictures, online threats, harassment and negative comments.
Unfortunately, people do not always treat each other well online. The same rules on how to treat other people are just as applicable in the online environment as they are in the real world. You or a friend of yours may find that you are the target of cyber bullying. You might be teased or have rumours spread about you on the internet, receive nasty messages or even get threats on your cell phone. It can happen in school during any hour of the day, by people you know and sometimes people you don’t know. It can leave you feeling unsafe and alone. While any age group is vulnerable, teenagers and young adults are common victims. No one has the right to bully another person. At its most serious, cyber bullying is illegal and can be investigated by the police. Cyber bullying is a growing problem.
Why has cyber bullying become such a problem?
The internet is fairly anonymous, which is appealing to bullies because their intimidation is difficult to trace. Unfortunately, the internet and e-mails can be used to spread rumours, threats, and pictures very quickly.
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