What Is a Cyber Bully?


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A cyber bully is a person who takes advantage of the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten or intimidate someone, according to Reference. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites or fake profiles set up with the intention of harming or ridiculing someone.

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Cyberbullying is much harder to identify and put a stop to than regular face-to-face bullying because tracing the person who is doing the bullying isn't as easy as simply confronting what can be seen. Identifying what is a joke and what is bullying is also much harder online than in person. In some cases, people have created evidence against a person and claimed to be being bullied, only for it to be discovered that the evidence was false, victimizing an innocent person.

Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to use alcohol and drugs, skip school, experience in-person bullying, be unwilling to attend school, receive poor grades and have lower self esteem, states stopbullying.gov. This fact is made worse because cyber bullies are becoming harder to keep track of as technology advances and being unidentifiable becomes easier through anonymous websites.

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