CYBERBULLYING • CYBER-HARASSMENT • ONLINE HATE
Cyberbullying, cyber-harassment, and online hate can be humiliating and can cause people harm personally and professionally.
Online defamation of character can happen whether or not someone is online. Closing, or temporarily deactivating, social media accounts does not prevent defamation of character from occuring.
How bad is cyber-harassment in the US? According to a 2017 Pew Research Center report, “41% of (adult) Americans have been personally subjected to harassing behavior online . . . and nearly one-in-five Americans have been subjected to particularly severe forms of harassment online, such as physical threats, harassment over a sustained period, sexual harassment or stalking.“
“One in three online teens have experienced online harassment . . . such as receiving threatening messages; having their private emails or text messages forwarded without consent; having an embarrassing picture posted without permission; or having rumors about them spread online,“ according to the 2017 Pew Internet & American Life Project.
The same article reports that girls ages 15 to 17 are 41% likely to report experiencing cyberbullying.
Teen suicide caused by bullying and cyberbullying is on the rise. Educators, administrators, parents, community representatives, and advocates need to address ways to diminsh this heartbreaking trend.
Stopping someone who is cyberbullying may be difficult, but it's possible.