Cyber bullying is the act of harming or harassing via information technology networks in a repeated and deliberate manner.
With the increased use of communication technology, cyber bullying has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers.
Cyber bullying has been defined by the National Crime Prevention Council: "When the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person."
Cyber bullying is defined be legal glossaries as:
- Actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm another or others.
- Use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person
- Use of Internet service and mobile technologies such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging or SMS text messaging with the intention of harming another person.
Cyber bullying can be seen as being distinct from other forms of online behavior. Some see cyber-bullying as a form of cyber stalking, which involves taking a more strategic approach than in the moment Internet trolling.
Examples of what constitutes cyber bullying include communications that seek to intimidate, control, manipulate, put down, falsely discredit, or humiliate the recipient. The actions are deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior intended to harm another.
A cyber bully may or may not know their target. A cyber bully may be anonymous and may solicit involvement of other people online who do not know the target. This is known as a "digital pile-on.”
Text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles are some other ways that are used to bully a person online. This online crime do have a dangerous offline effect and consequences are harmful for both victim as well as the bully.
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