Cyberbullying is not something new. It has been around as long as individuals could access a laptop, cell phone, or tablet. Cyberbullying can happen in a multitude of ways, and it is vital that we are able to recognize them. This blog post is going to explain the 7 types of cyberbullying and give you a better understanding of what they are so you can help keep your kids safe from online bullies.
But, first. Let’s lay down the foundation for cyberbullying:
-Cyberbullying is a form of bullying where the individual uses the Internet or mobile device to harass, embarrass, or threaten someone.
-Naturally, some bullies are motivated by anger and their own personal traumas, but, most kids do it to be seen as “cool.”
-Cyberbullying is a huge concern worldwide because it results in students dropping out of school, suffering from mental health problems, self-harm, and even suicide.
Exclusion is the deliberate act of excluding someone from an online group. This may happen when your child’s friends are having online conversations and tagging other friends but not them. Exclusion could also be in the form that your child is deliberately excluded from conversations because they do not use a specific social networking site or have a smartphone.
Sending or posting cruel gossip to intentionally damage a person’s reputation and/or relationship with family, friends, and coworkers. This type of cyberbullying is meant to put your child down and is done by someone that is or was a close friend to your child, which makes this situation even more upsetting for your child.
Fraping is logging into someone else’s social networking account or email and impersonating that person by sending or posting inappropriate content in their name. Some people think this is funny, but it is a severe offense that can ruin an individual’s reputation.
The constant and intentional posting or sending of offensive, cruel, threatening, or insulting messages/content to an individual. When your child is experiencing online harassment, their self-esteem and confidence can really take a dive because the bully is relentless and goes to an extreme effort to cause fear and pain to the victim.
Posting or sending unwanted or intimidating messages to an individual that extends to making real threats on an individual’s physical wellbeing and/or safety. Cyberstalking may also refer to adults using the Internet to connect and attempt to meet up with younger ones for sexual purposes. Cyberstalking is incredibly dangerous and can have some terrifying and serious consequences if not stopped immediately.
OUTING & TRICKERY
Outing and trickery go hand-in-hand as someone deliberately tricks someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information about themselves, which is then shared publicly to humiliate the victim.
A fake profile may be created so an individual can hide their real identity with the intention of cyberbullying an individual. This can also lead to catfishing. If you are not familiar with catfishing, it is when another person steals someone else’s online identity like photos and re-creates separate social media profiles for deceptive purposes.
If you suspect that your child is being bullied online, refer to our article on How to Stop Cyberbullying & give your child the tools he or she needs.
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