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Types of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is defined as the sending or posting of damaging or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices and, it turns out that Cyberbullying can happen in more ways than one.

Experts distinguish several types of cyberbullying:

  • Flaming: Online fights using electronic messages with angry and vulgar language

  • Harrassment and stalking: Repeatedly sending cruel, vicious and/or threatening messages

  • Denigration: Sending or posting gossip or rumors about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendships

  • Impersonation: Breaking into someone's email account and using it to send vicious or embarrassing material to others

  • Outing and trickery: Engaging someone in instant messaging, tricking him or her into revealing sensitive information, and forwarding that information to others

  • Exclusion: Intentionally excluding someone from an online group

  • Cyberstalking: Repeated, intense harassment and denigration that includes threats or creates significant fear

See also:

Cyberbullying hurting more kids, especially middle schoolers, officials say
Educator’s Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats

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