What is Cyberbullying?

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” This harm comes in the form of “aggressive behavior that is persistent, intentional, and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Cyberbullying causes many adverse effects, especially in preteens and young teens, including depression, violence, and even suicide. In fact, one recent study found that victims of cyberbullying were twice as likely to attempt suicide than those who had not been cyberbullied.

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