What is cyberbullying?

By Common Sense Media, Understood Founding Partner

At a glance

  • Cyberbullying is the use of digital-communication tools to make another person feel angry, sad, or scared.

  • Cyberbullying is done intentionally and repeatedly.

  • Kids who have disabilities are more likely to be cyberbullied than other kids.

Cyberbullying is the use of digital-communication tools (like the Internet and cell phones) to make another person feel angry, sad, or scared. Online bullying is like in-person bullying in two key ways. It’s done on purpose, and it tends to happen more than once.. 

Examples of cyberbullying include:

  • Sending hurtful texts or instant messages
  • Posting embarrassing photos or video on social media
  • Spreading mean rumors online or with cell phones

If you're trying to figure out whether a child is being cyberbullied, think about whether the hurtful behavior is intentional and repeated. If the answer is no, the offender might simply need to learn better online manners. If the answer is yes, take it seriously.

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