Bullying that occurs on social media, or via mobile phones is known as cyberbullying. It can include spreading rumours about someone, or posting nasty or embarrassing messages, images or videos. Cyberbullying is a type of online abuse.
An individual may know the person who’s bullying them online – and they might be experiencing bullying in the real world as well. They may also be targeted by someone using a fake or anonymous account. It’s easy to be anonymous online and this can increase the likelihood of engaging in bullying behaviour.
Cyberbullying can include:
- sending threatening or abusive text messages
- creating and sharing embarrassing images or videos
- trolling (sending menacing or upsetting messages online)
- encouraging self-harm
- creating fake accounts, hijacking or stealing online identities to embarrass a person or cause trouble using their name