cyberbullying

noun

cy·​ber·​bul·​ly·​ing ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē-iŋ How to pronounce cyberbullying (audio)
-ˌbə-
: the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (such as a student) often done anonymously
cyberbully noun or verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Discord has also received negative attention for incidents of cyberbullying and usage by extremist groups. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 31 Oct. 2022 In February 2018, Prince William surprised students at a London school to discuss cyberbullying. Amanda Taylor, Peoplemag, 30 Sep. 2022 Other studies have shown a rise in classroom disruption, school violence, absenteeism, cyberbullying, and teacher and staff vacancies, and schools also say more students are seeking mental health services. Donna St. George, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2022 Those who work in education are often tasked with handling cases that unfold among students—where a teen is a target of persistent cyberbullying or where a nude a teen shared with one person was circulated around the entire school. WIRED, 22 Aug. 2022 The second is IndieFlix, a documentary film series featuring mental health topics such as anxiety, social media addiction, cyberbullying and harassment. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 12 Aug. 2022 Japan has made online insults punishable by up to a year in prison in an effort to combat cyberbullying. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2022 Japan has made online insults punishable by up to a year in prison in an effort to reduce cyberbullying after the death of a reality television star who had faced a wave of online abuse. Arata Yamamoto, NBC News, 15 June 2022 Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that 34 percent of LGBTQ teens have been bullied on school property and 28 percent have experienced cyberbullying. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1998, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cyberbullying was in 1998

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Cite this Entry

“Cyberbullying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyberbullying. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

cyberbullying

noun
cy·​ber·​bul·​ly·​ing ˈsī-bər-ˈbu̇l-ē-iŋ How to pronounce cyberbullying (audio)
: the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person often done anonymously
cyberbully noun or verb

Legal Definition

cyberbullying

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