When the bullying is virtual
It may be virtual (on social networks, on the web, by text, by email), but cyberbullying hurts too.
Cyberbullying can destroy a person’s reputation or cause them a lot of distress – just as much as face-to-face actions. Whether false information or rumours are spread on the web or in the schoolyard, they can cause a lot of damage and grow to huge proportions.
Direct cyberbullying consists of writing threats or insults directly to the person, by text, Facebook, or another virtual tool.
Indirect cyberbullying involves anonymously spreading false rumours that attack someone’s reputation, for example by posting embarrassing messages on Facebook in the person’s name after hacking their account or copying their identity.