Phishing & Impersonation
Phishing is a cyberbully tactic that requires tricking, persuading or manipulating the target child into revealing personal and/or financial information about themselves and/or their loved ones. Impersonation or “imping” as a tactic in cyber bullying can only occur with the “veil of anonymity” offered by digital technology.
Flaming & Denigration
Flaming constitutes of posting about or directly sending insults and profanity to their target. Denigration is used in both classic and cyber bullying, denigration is a term used to describe when cyber bullies send, post or publish cruel rumors, gossip and untrue statements about a target child to intentionally damage their reputation or friendships.
Outing & Trickery
Outing is when a bully distributes personal information. This can be in the form of pictures, videos or text and is shared publicly without permission. Trickery is similar to outing, with an added element of deception.
Harassment and Cyberstalking
Cyberstalking is a form of harassment that involves continual threatening and rude messages. Cyberstalking is a particularly serious form of cyberbullying that can extend to threats of physical harm to the child being targeted.
The term sexting stand for a combination of sex and texting. It is the act of sending sexual text messages, nude or seminude photos and explicit videos and photos.
Exclusion is the deliberate act of leaving a person out from an online group or conversation. This can be extremely hurtful for the child who then feels rejected.