What is online bullying?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Online bullying

The internet has brought with it many benefits to our lives. The ability to source endless information, reconnect with old friends near and far and even work from anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, bullying via the internet has become something more common than we would like, so what is online bullying?

Online bullying is particularly common within young people, making it especially important for teachers, educators and carers of children to understand this form of bullying.

online bullying

It can happen anywhere

What is online bullying exactly? Online bullying, also known as cyberbullying, is any bullying that takes place via technology. This can include the many devices that we have come to use on a regular and even daily basis. For example, a person may experience online bullying on mobile phones, tablets or computers.

The platforms where the online bullying can take place are many and varied. Here are just a few places that people have been on the receiving end of online bullying:

  • Social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Text messages
  • Email
  • Online forums and groups
  • Instant messaging apps

The nature of online bullying

Because of the many and varied platforms for online bullies to attack their victims, online bullying can feel very overwhelming and be upsetting for the recipient.

It can be very difficult to escape online bullying. The anonymous nature of internet culture means that online bullies can use many ways to pursue their victims without being held accountable.

When a child, or any person, is on the receiving end of online bullying it can have a huge impact on mental health. Thankfully with attentive and knowledgeable adults around them, the impact of online bullying can often be minimised.

If you work with children, it’s important to stay up to date with how children communicate and ensure an open line of communication is always available with you or another trusted adult should any online bullying occur.

Want to know more about online bullying? Read our next two blogs in the series!

Spotting the signs of online bullying

7 ways to protect children from online bullying



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