What to do when you're targetted
Cyberbullying refers to the use of email, instant messaging, online forums, mobile phones, pagers or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten or intimidate someone. Cyberbullying has become more common in recent years following advances in technology, increased interest in social networking websites, and instant messaging networks. People, especially adolescents, spend more time on the computer than previous generations, resulting in increased accessibility. For example, what was once limited to the school yard can now occur online after-hours. This may result in relentless bullying which becomes increasingly distressing to the victim, and may result in low self-esteem, anxiety or depression.
The following websites provide detailed information about the nature of cyberbullying and how to manage its effects.