As with traditional bullying, cyberbullying can take a range of different forms from name calling through to threats and intimidation. Some of the main differences in relation to cyberbullying are in relation to the following areas

  • Location- Unlike bullying cyberbullying can take place in personal and privates spaces allowing the victim little or no release.

  • Impact- The potential audience can be limitless and reached rapidly. Furthermore it may stay online forever

  • Perception of anonymity- Young people often feel bolder and untouchable therefore the bullying can be much more severe

  • Profile of target/bully – anyone can be a cyberbully or become a victim as traditional profiles do not apply.

  • Some cases are unintentional Bystander effect- Many young people are drawn in to bullying online often without realising that what may seem like a joke can have a damaging and lasting impact on the victim.

  • Evidence- The one positive of cyberbullying is that evidence can be gathered, saved and used to tackle the bully/bullies

For information and advice  on cyberbullying, follow the link below.

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