Cyberbullying definition is 10 years old — and changing

Cyberbullying was defined – and the word coined – in 2001 by an educator concerned about bullying. The first cyberbullying definition was, “the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others.”

That cyberbullying definition has been changing ever since. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter came along in rapid succession a few years after cyberbullying was first defined. Each one has affected how we define cyberbullying.

New technology has changed legal definitions of cyberbullying. Laws about national security and discussions about civil rights are changing the way cyberbullying is defined and treated, too.

For such a new definition, cyberbullying has seen a lot of change. And no wonder. Here’s where you can get a clearer picture:

Facebook fights Bullying

Teens’ online world can be mean

Girls Bullying can be almost no secret

Cyberbullying shares some of the classic characteristics of regular bullying, but is carried out in new ways.

The Crimes Against Children Research Center does ongoing research into cyberbullying.

A report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project details cyberbullying.

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