Electronic or cyberbullying is using electronic media to threaten, embarrass, intimidate, exclude or damage someone’s reputation. It can cause enormous pain.

Cyberbullying is different from face-to-face bullying

  • Cyberbullying can be anonymous.
  • People tend to say more hurtful, cruel things because of the anonymity.
  • The person doing the cyberbullying does not have to see the reaction and pain of the person they are hurting.
  • People who would not bully someone in person might do so online because they can hide.
  • Some people cyberbully simply out of boredom.
  • It is very difficult for the person being targeted by cyberbullying to escape.
  • Bullying via electronic media has a huge number of bystanders... and a huge number of people who can stand up to the bullying.

Cyberbullying tips

  • Protect your personal information online—never give out your passwords, even to your closest friends.
  • Before you send a text, ask yourself if you are ok if the whole world sees it because private messages and photos can go public.
  • Remind yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied or harassed.
  • If someone is cyberbullying you, ask for help, find tips to help protect yourself at and, and always save any messages you receive as evidence.
  • Be kind online. Do not post or pass on anything negative about another person. Stop and think:
    • How would you feel if someone did this to you?
    • What would an adult whose opinions you respect, such as a coach or grandparent, think of your actions?
    • How would you feel if your actions were reported on the front page of a newspaper?
    • Would you say this to the person’s face?
    • In a month or a year or a decade, will you be happy you posted something unkind?
    • Laws and penalties against cyberbullying are getting tougher all the time.
  • Once you post it, it’s out there for all to see—you can apologize, but you can’t take it back.
  • Refuse to forward hurtful emails, text messages or embarrassing photos to friends—by refusing to pass it on, you become part of the solution.
  • Block people who spread rumours online.
  • Avoid websites that feature negative information about other students.

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