Rumours, gossip, threats, insults, cruelty—these things don’t only happen face-to-face.
Bullying and harassment can take place through text messaging, Facebook, YouTube, rating sites, email, blogs and other communications media. We use the term ‘cyberbullying’ to describe this kind of behaviour. Other people might call it ‘harassment,’ ‘abuse,’ ‘meanness’ or just plain ‘bullying’. Whatever you choose to call it, bullying that happens online is a serious problem that many teens are dealing with.
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Last Reviewed October 2012 by the Kids Help Phone Counselling Team