Cyberbullying is an emergent form of abuse growing in part due to the expansion of the internet into the bedrooms, mobile phones and tablets of children. Without parental supervision on electronic devices, there is a great danger that children are exposed to increasingly damaging content and communication from strangers, and even so-called “friends.” In many cases, perpetrators are unaware of the damage they are causing to the victim until it is too late to do anything about it.
If someone is using the internet to harass, torment, annoy, threaten, blackmail or extort you, you may be a victim of cyberbullying. Tell someone you trust right away, and get advice about what to do. Cyberbullying is criminal and should not be tolerated. And if you are currently engaged in any of the types of behaviour described, maybe it’s time to get some help of your own; the damage you do to the person on the other end may be something you will regret for the rest of your life.
The RCMP has put out an informative video about cyberbullying – check it out below, and ask yourself: do I currently find myself on either side of cyberbullying?