The term “cyberbullying” has been around for some time, it appeared for the first time in Canada in 2000, on a website addressing traditional bullying (face to face) and its prevention. Although face to face and cyberbullying  behaviours seem to be the same, a specific term for online bullying was adopted. Society’s attention to this phenomenon has grown exponentially recently. This is mainly due to the risks that this phenomenon can pose for children and adolescents; adults can also be subject to cyberbullying.

What many children today call “cyberbullying” has been given several designations, including “cyberstalking”, “online attacks”, “cyber harassment”, “Internet harassment”, “Internet bullying” and “cyber victimization” as examples.

Cyberbullying can be defined as any behaviour occurring through electronic or digital media produced by an individual or groups of individuals who repeatedly send hostile or aggressive content, with the intention of inflicting harm or discomfort on others.

The internet can be pervasive, so it could happen that a single online attack could produce an exaggerated effect on a child, it does not always have to be a prolonged attack. Victims of these situations can suffer very serious emotional harm as a consequence of being bullied online.

In case you need any advice and support, contact us 24/7 on 1.96.96, Telefono Azzurro’s service is free to users.

21 November 2019

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