Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets.Social networking sites, messaging apps, gaming sites and chat rooms such as Facebook, XBox Live, Instagram, You Tube, Snapchat and other chat rooms can be great fun and a positive experience. Cyber bullying is rife on the internet and most young people will experience it or see it at some time.There are many ways of bullying someone online and for some it can take shape in more ways than one.Some of the types of cyber bullying are: Harassment - This is the act of sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages and being abusive.Anyone who makes threats to you on the internet could be committing a criminal offence.It's against the law in the UK to use the phone system, which includes the internet, to cause alarm or distress. If threats are made against you then it's essential you confide in your parents, or someone you trust so that they can make a complaint to the police.Exclusion – This is when others intentionally leave someone out of a group such as group messages, online apps, gaming sites and other online engagement.This is also a form of social bullying and a very common.
For your personal safety, do not ask for or give out your last name, address, phone number, email address, passwords or any of your Facebook, Skype, Yahoo, etc information to any person in this chat room.Flaming – This is when someone is purposely using really extreme and offensive language and getting into online arguments and fights.They do this to cause reactions and enjoy the fact it causes someone to get distressed.The worst thing about social networking sites and messaging apps is that anything nasty posted about you can be seen by lots of people and these posts can go viral very fast and be shared by so many people within minutes in some cases.
From what we have heard from people who have been bullied online, the most vicious gossip and rumours are often spread by people who were once your best friends so it's best to keep secrets and personal information to yourself.
Outing and Trickery – This is when someone may share personal information about another or trick someone into revealing secrets and forward it to others.