Cyberbullying and Suicide

Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs through digital technology, such as social media, text messaging, or e-mail. Like other forms of bullying, it is distinguished by three elements:

  • There is intent to harm another person.
  • The hurtful and aggressive behavior is repeated.
  • There is a real or perceived imbalance of power – socially or physically – between the victim and the bully.

Examples of cyberbullying can range from spreading harmful rumors to verbal threats and attacks. Cyberbullying is especially harmful for several reasons:

  • It can occur 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The bully can remain anonymous.
  • The hurtful messages or images can be spread quickly and widely.
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