cyberbullying

noun
cy·​ber·​bul·​ly·​ing | \ ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē-iŋ How to pronounce cyberbullying (audio) , -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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Other Words from cyberbullying

cyberbully \ ˈsī-​bər-​ˌbu̇-​lē How to pronounce cyberbully (audio) , -​ˌbə-​ \ noun or verb

Examples of cyberbullying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 33 percent of middle school and 30 percent of high school students have experienced cyberbullying. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "Screen time use is up—and so is cyberbullying," 1 Oct. 2020 The National PTA site is dedicated to parents and offers tools to help children deal with cyberbullying. cleveland, "Dear Annie: What to do when your child experiences cyberbullying," 4 Oct. 2020 The National PTA site is dedicated to parents and offers tools to help children deal with cyberbullying. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Cyberbullying takes the joy out of teenager’s life," 4 Oct. 2020 This October, National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month is happening when kids are spending an unprecedented amount of time on screens—here’s how to recognize, respond to, and prevent cyberbullying. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "Screen time use is up—and so is cyberbullying," 1 Oct. 2020 As speculation into the incident continued, Woods also experienced constant cyberbullying from Kardashian fans on social media. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Jordyn Woods Is Dating Someone New After All That Tristan Thompson Drama," 28 Sep. 2020 Anti-bullying advocates who spoke with The Republic agreed with Rojas' perspective, saying the key to stopping cyberbullying is parents who take an active role in their child's life while fostering open, nonjudgmental conversations. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Mesa family didn't know 10-year-old girl was being cyberbullied until after she killed herself," 6 Aug. 2020 Hackers have used such cyberbullying to hammer people from all walks of lives, to shame or scare them or out of devotion to some cause. Felix Tam, Bloomberg.com, "Where Doxxing Came From and Why It Keeps Popping Up," 31 July 2020 Tweens and teens using social media can encounter cyberbullying, online predators and mental health issues. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Crime Stoppers webinar to address social media risks for tweens, teens," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of cyberbullying

1998, in the meaning defined above

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28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cyberbullying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyberbullying. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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cyberbullying

noun
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)

cyberbullying

noun
cy·​ber·​bul·​ly·​ing | \ ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē-iŋ, -ˌbə- How to pronounce cyberbullying (audio) \

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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