cyberbullying

noun cy·ber·bul·ly·ing \ ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē-iŋ , -ˌbə- \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of cyberbullying

: the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (such as a student) often done anonymously

cyberbully

play \ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē, -ˌbə-\ noun or verb

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First Known Use of cyberbullying

1998

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CYBERBULLYING Defined for Kids

cyberbullying

noun cy·ber·bul·ly·ing \ ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē-iŋ \

Definition of cyberbullying for Students

: the act of bullying someone through electronic means (as by posting mean or threatening messages about the person online)

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cyberbullying

noun cy·ber·bul·ly·ing \ ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē-iŋ, -ˌbə- \

legal Definition of cyberbullying

: the verbal bullying of someone (as a classmate) through the use of often anonymous electronic communication (as online posts or text messages) — see also cyberstalking

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