Despite the infinite opportunities the internet offers, there are dangers that lurk in the shadows. And no one is more vulnerable than our children. Bullies now have another venue to harass and abuse people. There’s no doubt that bullying has a grave impact on our children.
The definition of a bully is someone who uses physical strength or manipulation to harm or intimidates victims. Typically, the effect of bullying is almost certainly negative on the victim.
Now, let’s take a moment to define cyberbully. After all, it’s important to define cyberbully so you can fully understand the roots of the term.
The dictionary defines cyberbullying as “the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.”
Cyberbullying happens over electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, and laptop computers. Such bullying messages are delivered via an e-mail account, text messages, live chat, chat rooms, websites and social media sites. Mean messages, rumors or posts on social networks, embarrassing photos, videos, fake posts and profiles all are examples of cyberbullying.
Although cyberbullying may not be as obvious as its physical counterpart, the effects can be just as dangerous to the long-term development of a child.