What does Cyberbullying mean?

Picking on someone through digital means

Cyberbullying is a term used when someone uses technology, such as computers, mobile phones, and the internet, to harass or intimidate others. The primary objective is to cause embarrassment or discomfort to the targeted individual using words, pictures, audio, or video content.

The concept of cyberbullying gained traction in the early 2000s with the boom in internet usage and proliferation of mobile phones. This made it easy for people to anonymously torment others through phone calls, text messages, and emails. As the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn soared, cyberbullies found new platforms to harass people by posting images and sending direct messages.

The aim of cyberbullying is to inflict psychological harm, rather than physical. However, the resulting psychological damage to the victims can be severe, potentially leading to depression or even suicide. Although anyone can become a victim, it is most commonly seen amongst teenagers, particularly those who are seen as different or don’t conform to the ‘popular’ crowd.

Example for using ‘Cyberbullying’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard about cyberbullying? πŸ˜•

Yeah, it’s when someone bullies others online using technology. 😞

Exactly! They can harass people through texts, social media, and more. It’s really hurtful. πŸ˜”

Definitely, cyberbullying can cause serious emotional damage. We need to stand up against it. πŸ’ͺ