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What Is Cyberbullying?

Topics: Cyberbullying
Text: Q&A

Cyberbullying is the use of digital devices, sites, and apps (such as cellphones and social media) to intimidate, upset, or harm someone. It includes repeatedly sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, or mean content about someone else on purpose.

Examples of cyberbullying include sending hurtful texts or messages, posting inappropriate photos or videos on social media, hacking accounts, and spreading mean rumors online.

If you're trying to figure out whether your kid is being cyberbullied, think about whether the offender is being hurtful intentionally and repeatedly. If the answer is no, the offender might need to learn better online behavior. If the answer is yes, give your child strategies to protect themselves and try to stop the bullying.

Catherine Beck contributed to this article.

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