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

Examples of cyberbullying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An additional stressor related to cyberbullying is the unlimited access teens have to social media via their phones and home devices (i.e., iPad, laptops and computers, gaming systems). Peter Suciu, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 As Komuro headed to quarantine at his mother's house in Yokohama, a city south of Tokyo, the public's intrigue and criticism went into overdrive, to the point of near cyberbullying., 28 Sep. 2021 Emily Suski, a law professor at the University of South Carolina, said schools already have extensive surveillance authority under state laws designed to protect against cyberbullying. Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 Plus, cyberbullying has increased around the franchise, which means these behind-the-scenes abuses of power have a real potential to hurt. Natalie Morin,, 13 Aug. 2021 Breyer cited cyberbullying, threats to teachers or students and online cheating as examples of when schools may be able to crack down. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 23 June 2021 Teens in our sample reported that cyberbullying remained relatively consistent since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Leah M. Lessard, The Conversation, 22 July 2021 The trial of 13 people who harassed online a French teen who condemned Islam could indicate how the country will punish cyberbullying, an often overlooked and hidden crime. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2021 Costello shared the screenshots on Instagram the same day Teigen returned to Twitter to apologize for her history of cyberbullying, weeks after old tweets of hers resurfaced. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 19 June 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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- 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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