Cyberbullying Terms

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Here is a list of some common terms used in context with cyberbullying, although this list is not exhaustive – you can view the referenced sources for more information.

  • Anonymizer: An intermediary which hides or disguises the IP address associated with the Internet user. Generally, this allows a person to engage in various Internet activities without leaving a digital footprint that can be tracked.
  • Bash Board: An online bulletin board on which individuals can post anything they want. Generally, posts are malicious and hateful statements directed against another person.
  • Bullying: “Longstanding violence” – physical or psychological. Aggressive behavior or intentional “harm doing” by one person or a group, generally carried out repeatedly and over time.
  • Cyber Bullycide: Suicide stemming directly or indirectly from cyber bullying victimization.
  • Cyber Bullying: Willful or repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text. Generally, the offender has perceived or actual power over the victim(s).
  • Cyber Stalking: Repeatedly sending message that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating; engaging in other online activities that make a person afraid for his or her safety.
  • Cyber Threats: Electronic material that either generally or specifically raises concerns that the creator may intend to inflict harm or violence to other or self.
  • Denigration: “Dissing” someone online. Sending or posting cruel gossip or rumors about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendships.
  • Digital Footprint: Evidence of a person’s use of the Internet. This includes anything that can be linked to his or her existence, presence, or identity.
  • Exclusion: Intentionally excluding someone from an online group, like a “buddy list” or a game.
  • Flaming / Flame War: Online fights using electronic messages with angry and vulgar language.
  • Friending:  The  act  of  requesting  another  person  to  be your  friend (and  thereby  formally connect with you) on a social networking Web site (like MySpace or Facebook).Harassment: Repeatedly sending offensive, rude and insulting messages.
  • Happy Slapping:  An  extreme  form  of  bullying  where physical assaults are recorded on mobile phones or digital 
  • cameras and distributed to others
  • Impersonation: Breaking into someone’s account, posing as that person and sending messages to make the person look bad, get that person in trouble or danger, or damage that person’s reputation or friendships.
  • IRC: Internet Relay Chat, a network over which real time conversations take place among two or more people in a “channel” devoted to a specific area of interest.
  • Offender / aggressor: The person who instigates online social cruelty.
  • Outing and trickery: Sharing someone’s secrets or embarrassing information online. Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information, which is then shared online.
  • Trolling: Intentionally posting provocative messages about sensitive subjects to create conflict, upset people, and bait them into “flaming” or fighting.
  • Victim / Target: The one who is on the receiving end of online social cruelty.


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