What Is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is a serious and growing problem that can no longer go unnoticed. Cyberbullying involves systematic, deliberate, repeated aggressive behaviours, inflicted by an individual or group over time.
Cyberbullying is an aggressive act using electronic communication carried out by an individual or group of individuals directed at another person, or group of people, who have difficulty defending themselves.
It is carried out through the medium of electronic communication devices including email and social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, instant messaging, texting, online chat rooms, Twitter and Google+.
As long as people remain connected to the internet, they are accessible and as such are potential targets of electronic bullying. While cyberbullying and traditional bullying have similarities, there is one distinction: cyber space is the platform and e-technology the medium providing opportunities for bullying to occur.
The scale of cyberbullying cannot be underestimated. With the click of a button, observers can disseminate information beyond the boundaries of time and space.
It is motivated by perceived anonymity, easy access to e-communication and contact without physical interaction. The intention is to embarrass, hurt, humiliate, offend, get revenge, have fun, and/or exert power over others.
In cyber space, an individual is a victim of bullying when they are repeatedly exposed, over time, to hurtful aggressive behaviour instigated by other individuals or groups.