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Cyber Bullying

It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers to bully others using electronic means. Posting of rumors in social media website, threats, sexual remarks, Display of victims’ personal information, or pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech). Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and intent to harm. Victims may have lower self-esteem, increased suicidal intentions and a variety of emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, and depressed. Internet trolling is a common form of bullying over the Internet in an online community (such as through online gaming or social media) in order to elicit a reaction, disruption or for someone’s own personal amusement. Cyber stalking is another form of bullying or harassment that uses electronic communications to stalk a victim which may pose a credible threat to the victim.
Cyber Bullying must involve harmful behavior of a repetitive nature even though many people call one instance of harassment on the playground “bullying,” that really isn’t an accurate characterization. Most research makes a clear distinction between bullying and harassment differentiating the two based on the former’s recurrent quality. And while this distinction can be perceived as one of simple semantics or a matter for purely academic debate, we feel it is noteworthy.

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