Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying using technology such as the Internet or mobile phone. It can be shared widely and quickly with a lot of people, making this form of bullying extremely dangerous and harmful. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Cyberbullying can be identified as being repeated behaviour by an aggressor with an intent to harm or embarrass someone. This type of behaviour can include posting rumours about a person, posting direct threats or sexual remarks, even disclosing a victim’s personal information. Internet trolling is another common form of cyberbullying often found in online gaming or social media circles. Internet trolls often do this to elicit a reaction or disruption from their victim purely for their own personal amusement.
Children who are cyberbullied are often also being bullied in person. However, these victims have a harder time of escaping this type of behaviour as it can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and reach them even when they are alone. Inappropriate or harassing messages and images are extremely difficult to delete after they have been posted or sent.