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 cyberbully (audio) , -​ˌbə-​ \ noun or verb

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Social media use combined with undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues often leads to instances of cyberbullying. Michelle Pitcher, The Mercury News, "New center helps teens evolve in their mental health," 23 Aug. 2019 Other top reasons were concerns about drug use, requests for information and reports of cyberbullying and sexting. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Tips to Colorado’s Safe2Tell hotline hit another record as new school year begins," 6 Aug. 2019 The instruction includes courses about cyberbullying, suicide prevention and the impact of substance abuse. Ana Ceballos,, "Florida to require mental health classes in public schools starting in sixth grade," 17 July 2019 Instagram is rolling out new features to help combat cyberbullying, as the social-media company and its parent, Facebook Inc., work to quell criticism related to harassment on their platforms. Michael Tobin, WSJ, "Instagram Introduces New Anti-Bullying Features," 8 July 2019 Kate Eichhorn, an associate professor of culture and media at The New School in New York, said that cancel culture could also turn into cyberbullying. NBC News, "Deep reckoning or fleeting outrage? Cancel culture's complexity proves a double-edged sword," 21 July 2019 Florida Man is a microcosm of the way so many of us are struggling with the ethics of how to behave on the Internet, and how easily an ironic joke, multiplied by millions of shares, can begin to feel like freak-show mockery or viral cyberbullying. Author: Logan Hill, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it OK to laugh at Florida Man?," 16 July 2019 Still, Wojcicki stood by the company’s decision not to remove Crowder’s videos or ban him entirely, stating that although YouTube did not agree with his actions and words, his videos didn’t constitute cyberbullying or harassment. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube drafting ‘creator-on-creator harassment’ rules after Steven Crowder incident," 12 July 2019 The American Veterinary Medical Association created a cyberbullying-specific hotline two years after the incident., "Oregon tackles the veterinary suicide crisis, starting with the stigma," 10 July 2019

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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- 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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