Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Usually, it is repeated over time. Traditionally, bullying has involved actions such as: hitting or punching (physical bullying), teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying), or intimidation through gestures or social exclusion. In recent years, technology has given children and youth a new means of bullying each other.


    Cyberbullying, which is sometimes referred to as online social cruelty or electronic bullying, has been defined as "an aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself" (Smith et al., 2008, p. 376).


    Cyberbullying can involve:

    L       Sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images

    L       Posting sensitive, private information and/or lies about another person

    L       Pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad

    L       Intentionally excluding someone from an online group (Willard, 2005)


    Children and youth can cyberbully each other through:

    L       Emails

    L       Instant messaging

    L       Text or digital imaging messages sent on cell phones

    L       Social networking sites

    L       Web pages

    L       Blogs

    L       Chat rooms or discussion groups

    L       Other cyber technologies


    Below you will find a link for a website that was featured as a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on MTV about cyber bullying.  MTV has a big campaign to stop cyber bullying.
    Please click on the links and view the video:


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    from the Faculty, Staff, and Administration of
    Sequoia Alternative Program
Last Modified on March 17, 2017