Cyberbullying on Answers.com

The age-old act of bullying has progressed from the schoolyard to the Internet via online forums and social websites. Because Answers.com's Q&A community is based on the wiki concept, it is susceptible to abuse and vandalism. Sometimes we are confronted with this form of bullying, known as cyberbullying, and it is important to know how to address it.

What is cyberbullying:

Cyberbullying is when a person is harassed, threatened, embarrassed or willfully targeted by someone else through the use of electronic technology. This can include blogs, cell phone text messages and any other digital medium.

Cyberbullies work in many of the same ways as do traditional schoolyard bullies, and quite often, the cyberbullying occurs between minors. Unlike schoolyard bullying, the ease and accessibility of the Internet can have more far-reaching and devastating consequences.

A cyberbully is someone who:

  • Creates or adds hateful messages about a person to sites/blogs, sometimes joining others who are doing the same.
  • Sends threatening or hateful messages to the victim via email, text messages, etc.
  • Posts or digitally distributes humiliating pictures or links of their victim or victim's family.

How can I spot a cyberbully on Answers.com?:

Look for questions or answers that contain:

  • Harassing comments targeting specific individuals
  • Defamation
  • Personal information (such as the name of a non-celebrity)
  • Vandalism

How do I report a cyberbully?:

It is important to report a cyberbully immediately so that any derogatory, harassing or insulting posts can be removed and the bully can be blocked. To report a cyberbully on Answers.com, please send the username or a link to the question to WikiAnswers @ Answers.com (no spaces).

Where can I find more information on cyberbullying?:

You can start right here on Answers.com in the Cyberbullying category. Answers.com® also has a reference entry on cyberbullying.

Some other links include:

Answers.com > Wiki Answers > Help Center > Cyberbullying on Answers.com

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