CyberBullying and Cyber Harassment on Social Media Platforms cause real injuries in kids and teens. Cyber Threats made over Social Media cause real world harm and injuries to victims.
What Is Cyber Harassment or Cyberbullying?
cy·ber·bul·ly·ing /ˌsībərˈbo͝olēiNG/ – noun – the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
- Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok
- Text messaging and messaging apps on mobile or tablet devices
- Instant messaging, direct messaging, and online chatting over the internet
- Online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit
- Online gaming communities
Social Media platforms make it difficult to prevent or report threats of imminent bodily harm or even death. The platforms are difficult to contact and, for example, Snapchat doesn’t have an emergency contact email accessible by the public. Platforms claim enforcing allowing one account per person, when multiple accounts have been used by predators to threaten, harass and even groom children for future child abuse.
What you can do if you are bullied, harassed or threatened
- If you feel there is an imminent threat to your personal safety, immediately call your Local Police or Law Enforcement.
- Take Screen shots and/or videos of the offending posts or texts
- Attempt to Block offending accounts
- Take a break from Social Media
- Call Lee for a Free, No Obligation Case Evaluation