cy·ber·bul·ly·ing | \ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē-iŋ, -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, -ˌbə- \ noun or verb

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In early May, 16 months after her husband took office, Melania unveiled her official program, a three-pronged mission to encourage healthy living, fight opioid abuse and counter cyberbullying. Molly Ball, Time, "Melania Trump Is Redefining One of the World’s Weirdest Jobs," 28 June 2018 His Stranger Things costars have also faced their fair share of unwarranted cyberbullying and unusual fan interactions. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Finn Wolfhard's Band's First Shows Were "Cringey" Because Fans Screamed "Stranger Things" References," 15 June 2018 Following Bourdain's unexpected death, his partner Asia Argento, a loud voice in the #MeToo movement, has become the target of vicious cyberbullying., "Open Letter Urges Cyber Bullies To Stop Blaming Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death," 13 July 2018 But Hoffman brings the baggage of a bizarre cyberbullying mess in which his fiance was accused by the wife of the Ottawa captain of anonymous, cruel taunts on Instagram. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Panthers should have gone after championship coach, but here's why they had no interest," 21 June 2018 The posts are often vulgar, negative and harassing in nature — a perfect set-up for cyberbullying. 2. Kara Driscoll, ajc, "7 social media apps that could put kids in danger," 30 May 2018 This is why kids get into trouble with sexting, cyberbullying or documenting their own misdeeds. Jeanne Whalen, WSJ, "Is Screen Time Bad for Children’s Mental Health?," 24 June 2018 Some have suggested that social media and cyberbullying may be contributing. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "A 'wake-up call' about what's killing America's young people," 1 June 2018 According to reports, the initiative is expected to have a heavy focus on children, including the impact of social media and cyberbullying. Maya Rhodan, Time, "Americans Like First Lady Melania Trump, Poll Shows," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of cyberbullying

1998, in the meaning defined above

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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- \

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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