Types of Cyberbullying

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  • 1:00 What Is Cyberbullying?
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Instructor: Gaines Arnold
Bullying has taken on a new form with the age of digital media. This lesson details some of the different types of cyberbullying that have gained popularity over the past decade.


Her username was a secret because Sandra didn't want anyone, especially her parents, to know what she was doing online. At school, she was harassed and embarrassed every day by another girl, but Sandra knew a way to get back at her. She took some photos of the girl in the locker room and then wrote a false embarrassing story to go with them. She posted the material to a group she knew most of the kids in the school monitored.

The effect was instantaneous. Sandra's bully became a laughing stock. Before the week was out, she had stopped bullying anyone and was hiding as much as possible. Sandra thought she was justified: she didn't physically hurt the other girl or call her names like her bully did to her, but what Sandra did was still bullying. With a new digital age upon us, cyberbullying has rapidly become a dangerous new way to harass and hurt others.

What Is Cyberbullying?

Sandra didn't believe what she was doing was wrong. She handled the problem on her own, just like she thought her parents would have wanted, and she had stopped a school bully from harassing other students. What was wrong with that?

The problem was that Sandra had become what she detested in the other girl: a bully. Cyberbullying is the use of any information technology device (such as a computer, cell phone, or tablet) to target, demean, or threaten another person. It happens, and is becoming more frequent, because it offers anonymity, is instantaneous, and is so accessible through digital means such as social media and the sharing of information over the Internet. Even someone like Sandra, who may be quiet and harmless in the real world, can feel powerful when she's behind a screen. One of the reasons cyberbullying has spread so rapidly is that it allows anyone to become a bully when they feel wronged or want to feel powerful. This can be exhibited in any number of different activities.

Types of Cyberbullying

There are many different methods a bully can use to harass or hurt another person online. Among those are everything from masquerading and impersonation to outing and flaming to harassment and stalking. Let's take a closer look at these methods and others:

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