A frequently used definition of cyberbullying is “an aggressive, intentional act or behavior that is carried out by a group or an individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself.”

Cyberbullying has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Awareness in the United States has risen in the 2010s, due in part to high-profile cases.  Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to harm.  Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors about a person, threats, sexual remarks, disclose victims’ personal information, or pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech).

Research has demonstrated a number of serious consequences of cyberbullying victimization.  Victims may have lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and a variety of emotional responses, retaliating, being scared, frustrated, angry, and depressed.  Individuals have reported that cyberbullying can be more harmful than traditional bullying.


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