What does cyberbullying look like?
- Cyberbullying can involve varying forms of technology:
- Mobile phone calls
- Text messages
- Picture/video clips
- Instant messaging
- Chat rooms
In a recent study, cyberbullying most commonly involved phone calls, texts and instant messages1
- The nature of electronic bullying or cyberbullying often includes:
- Sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images online or via text
- Posting sensitive, private information or pictures about another person
- Intentionally excluding someone from an online group
- Pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad2
- Spreading lies and rumors about victims
- Tricking someone into revealing personal information
- The nature of gaming as a place where cyberbullying occurs, can happen through gaming websites or PC and console games with online components (e.g. Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3).
- Cyberbullying in gaming is usually referred to as "griefing" and is fairly common among young gamers who use IM, chat, and voice chat features to tease and taunt other players.3
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