Cyberbullying is a growing Internet safety issue. It is similar to physical bullying with the difference being that Internet services are used to carry out the attacks. Services such as e-mail, chat rooms, discussion forums and instant messaging can all be used in this type of bullying.
Strictly speaking, cyberbullying can only take place if both parties involved are minors. If there is an adult involved the problem is referred to as Cyber Harassment.
Cyberbullying is a criminal offence and is punishable by law. It is covered in greater detail later in this course.
The rise in popularity of mobile phones has opened another door for bullies to use the short messaging service (SMS) to issue threats and other unwelcome messages. A related problem involves the filming of assaults by mobile phone. This is often known as happy slapping.