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

Definition of cyberbullying 

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

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cyberbully \ˈsī-​bər-​ˌbu̇-​lē, -​ˌbə-​ \ noun or verb

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Over the weekend, Khloé Kardashian faced a particularly vicious bout of cyberbullying that might be among the most inappropriate yet, since commenters began leaving racist and colorist comments about her five-month-old daughter, True Thompson. Andrea Park, Allure, "Khloé Kardashian Disabled Her Instagram Comments After Racist Trolls 5-Month-Old Daughter True," 19 Sep. 2018 But that is the danger of social media to me, is not the BS, the cyberbullying ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Eighth Grade’ director Bo Burnham is happy that a lot of people ‘have no idea who I am’," 30 July 2018 Also on your list of duties as a parent: warning them about dangers such as oversharing on social media, texting and driving, and cyberbullying. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Where Do You Stand on the Toughest Parenting Questions?," 24 July 2018 The program, which Mrs. Trump unveiled on Monday includes efforts to tamper down cyberbullying and negativity, despite her husband often using Twitter for name-calling and attacks. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Chuck Schumer trolls Trump with Melania's #BeBest initiative," 10 May 2018 In early May, 16 months after her husband took office, Melania unveiled her official program, a three-pronged mission to encourage healthy living, fight opioid abuse and counter cyberbullying. Molly Ball, Time, "Melania Trump Is Redefining One of the World’s Weirdest Jobs," 28 June 2018 His Stranger Things costars have also faced their fair share of unwarranted cyberbullying and unusual fan interactions. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Finn Wolfhard's Band's First Shows Were "Cringey" Because Fans Screamed "Stranger Things" References," 15 June 2018 Following Bourdain's unexpected death, his partner Asia Argento, a loud voice in the #MeToo movement, has become the target of vicious cyberbullying., "Open Letter Urges Cyber Bullies To Stop Blaming Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death," 13 July 2018 But Hoffman brings the baggage of a bizarre cyberbullying mess in which his fiance was accused by the wife of the Ottawa captain of anonymous, cruel taunts on Instagram. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Panthers should have gone after championship coach, but here's why they had no interest," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of cyberbullying

1998, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cyberbullying was in 1998

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

Kids Definition of cyberbullying

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


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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