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

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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, Teen Vogue, "Khloé Kardashian's Daughter, True Thompson, Is Being Targeted by Racist and Colorist Trolls," 17 Sep. 2018 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, Teen Vogue, "Khloé Kardashian's Daughter, True Thompson, Is Being Targeted by Racist and Colorist Trolls," 17 Sep. 2018 During his appearance at the BBC in London with Kate Middleton today, Prince William delivered a powerful speech that targeted social media, cyberbullying, and fake news. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Calls Out Social Media Companies for Not Doing Enough to End Cyberbullying," 15 Nov. 2018 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, Teen Vogue, "Khloé Kardashian's Daughter, True Thompson, Is Being Targeted by Racist and Colorist Trolls," 17 Sep. 2018 The cyberbullying issue has become prominent enough to draw the attention of First Lady Melania Trump, and social media giant Facebook is attempting to use artificial intelligence to combat suicidal behavior. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Teen Suicide Attempt Spike, IQVIA Accuracy, Novartis Cohen Fallout," 16 May 2018 Online bullying known as cyberbullying has long been an issue even before apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter existed. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Teamed Up With Maddie Ziegler to Release New Tools to Limit Bullying and Spread Kindness," 9 Oct. 2018 That became apparent when fashion brand LPA launched a collection of sweatshirts on online retailer Revolve, which were meant to call out cyberbullying. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Online Retailer Revolve Removes Sweatshirts From Its Website After Accusations of Fat-Shaming," 12 Sep. 2018 On Sunday, Dani took to Instagram to set the record straight and call for an end to this cyberbullying. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato's Backup Dancer Dani Vitale Releases Statement After Getting Criticized Online," 30 July 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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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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