Cyberbullying (also spelled Cyber-bullying, Cyber bullying or online bullying) is the term used to refer to bullying and harassment by use of electronic devices though means of e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, blogs, mobile phones, pagers, and websites. Other terms for cyberbullying are “electronic bullying,” “electronic harassment,” “e-bullying,” “SMS bullying,” “mobile bullying,” “online bullying,” “digital bullying,” or “Internet bullying”.

It can constitute a computer crime. For example, in the United States it is a federal crime to anonymously “annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person” via the internet or telecommunication system, punishable by a fine and/or up to two years imprisonment.[1]

Cyberbullying is willful and involves recurring or repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text. According to R.B. Standler[2]bullying intends to cause emotional distress and has no legitimate purpose to the choice of communications. Cyberbullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender. Cyberbullying may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech). Cyber-bullies may publish personal contact information for their victims at websites. They may attempt to assume the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them.

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