What is Cyberbullying? | Cyberbullying Versus Teasing
The definition of cyberbullying is simple:
Cyberbullying is bullying via electronic means.
The legal definition of cyberbullying varies greatly by jurisdiction, and there are even a few states that haven’t updated their physical bullying laws to incorporate cyberbullying. (You can follow the link at the end of this post if you want to dive into the legal cyberbullying definitions and technicalities for a particular state.)
Practically speaking, it’s best to define cyberbullying simply as a subset of, or a type of, bullying.
So, for an actionable cyberbullying definition, and to more thoroughly understand the meaning of cyberbullying, one must change the question from “What is cyberbullying?” to, “What is bullying?” UpGo has your answer; simply follow this link:
In that UpGo blog post, you’ll get a thorough answer to these questions about bullying (which apply to cyberbullying as well):
- What is true bullying versus teasing?
- How do you tell the difference between bullying and just being mean?
- How can I tell when bad behavior has crossed the line?
The post also introduces a super helpful tool: The UpGo BullyFISH Bully Detector! Finally, an easy way to identify true bullying behavior versus meanness or teasing.
Go now to: What is Bullying? Use the Bully Detector!
U.S. Government Site | Bullying Laws : Extensive information on anti-bullying laws by state.
Cyberbullying.org : This page discusses the varying, conflicting, and often inadequate or outdated bullying definitions.