WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?
Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication technologies to intentionally engage in repeated or widely disseminated acts of cruelty and emotional harm addressed towards others. The victim of these behaviors might not be aware of who is the perpetrator, though in half of all cases the victim knows who the perpetrator is. Not all forms of cyberbullying are alike disturbing or dangerous. Interacting with someone who is not in front of you nor on the other side of the phone facilitates also expression of ideas and thoughts without being mediated by feeling of remorse, full understanding of negative impact of words or action because in all of these cases the person performing in this way does not see the target as well as he or she is not seen which increases the risk related to this behaviors.
There are different forms of cyberbullying:
flaming (online fights using angry and vulgar language),
harassment (insulting messages, like indirect bullying),
denigration (sending or posting cruel gossip or rumors about a person to damage her reputation),
exclusion (from an on-line group),
impersonation (pretending of being someone else putting him in danger or damaging the person's reputation),
outing (sharing secrets or gossip or other personal information),
trickery (deceiving someone online and obtain damaging information then are shared),
cyberstalking (online obsessive and continuous controlling and spying).
Cyberthreats: are either direct threats or “distressing material”—general statements that make it sound like the writer is emotionally upset and may be considering harming someone else, harming himself or herself, or committing suicide.
Sexting is a combination of two terms “text” and “sex.” The term is being applied to situations to sending self-created nude or semi-nude sexually provocative images or sexually explicit text. Most of the focus has been on sending nude images - because these are far more likely to be more widely disseminated and because the distribution of these images can place young people at higher risk.
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