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What is Cyberbullying?


“Cyberbullying (noun): The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature: children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying”

Cyberbullying and digital abuse takes on many different forms and with the increasing use of technology in our lives can happen to anyone at any time (for help with online bullying visit our Cyberbullying Help Centre or Total Access Support section). Although there are varying ‘official’ definitions of cyberbullying, we understand it to be: Wilful and deliberately harmful communications carried out by one or multiple people via electronic digital devices including mobile phones, tablets, gaming consoles and computers.

Trolling, griefing, flaming, harassment, doxing, swatting and raging are all terms used to describe particular types of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can occur through email, forums, social media platforms, messaging services, chat rooms, gaming communities or any other digital space where people can openly communicate with each other. To further explore cyberbullying please see the suggestions below.


  • 90% of young victims do not inform adults of online bullying issues
  • Girls are twice as likely to experience cyberbullying
  • In the US the National Centres For Disease Control estimates that 16% of teens contemplate suicide before graduation
  • Over 40% of all UK High School children have been bullied online and one in four have suffered repeated incidents
  • The American Academy of Paediatrics calls cyberbullying the “most common online risk for all teens”
  • Cyberbullying can lead to depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, self-harming, social isolation and, in the worst cases, suicide


  1. Young People’s Voices on Cyberbullying: What Can Age Comparisons Teach Us? Tarapdar and Kellett, 2011.
  2. The Centres For Disease Controls and Prevention USA