What Is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is undesirable, aggressive behavior involving an apparent power imbalance that takes place using electronic technology such as cellphones, computers and other devices used for communication. Examples are hurtful texts or emails, as well as rumors or embarrassing pictures posted on social media.

People who are cyberbullied often feel like they cannot avoid the antagonism, because it can happen any time. It is very hard to stop cyberbullying due to the nature of electronic communication; information can be sent or posted anonymously and proliferates rapidly. Many people who are cyberbullied are also bullied in person and the effects can be devastating, driving people to substance abuse and/or isolation.