Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm.
It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.
Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, text, apps, on social media and online forums, or in gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content.
Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behaviour.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
- social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok
- text messaging and messaging apps on mobile or tablet devices
- instant messaging, direct messaging, and online chatting over the internet
- online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit
- online gaming communities.
What to do
- Tell the person that their behaviour is inappropriate and ask them to stop.
- Keep any evidence of the behaviour, such as photos, emails and messages, screenshots of post or comments.
- Block the person.
- Report the behaviour or seek advice, assistance and support from Victoria University Safer Community.