Cyberbullying refers to the use of technological communication tools and devices to intentionally inflict harm on an individual or group. This emerging public health problem is increasing around the world. In this entry, characteristics and consequences of cyberbullying are described. The prevalence of cyberbullying, and the various ways in which cyberbullying is perpetrated, are presented. Legal issues are noted, and suggestions for prevention and intervention are offered.

Research shows that victimization by cyberbullying is associated with decreased learning at school and with depression and anxiety. Individuals may be targeted based on their membership in diverse groups. A recent study found that intolerance was the motive for 16% of cases of cyberbullying. Students were targeted for their sexual orientation (most common), gender, disability, and religion. Other research ...

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