Cyberbullying is a growing Internet safety issue. It is similar to physical bullying, the difference being that Internet services are used to carry out the attacks. Services such as social networking sites, e-mail, chat rooms, discussion forums and instant messaging can all be used in this type of bullying. There is no legal definition of cyberbullying within UK law. But there are a number of existing laws that can be applied to cyberbullying and online harassment. These are covered in greater detail later in this course.
Some people insist that strictly speaking, cyberbullying can only take place if both parties involved are minors. If there is an adult involved the problem should be referred to as Cyber Harassment.
According to a BBC Report, a Welsh singer claimed in November 2011 that she has been harassed for more than a year by an online stalker who had set up a false Twitter account in her name and taunted her.
The rise in popularity of mobile phones has opened another door for bullies to use the short messaging service (SMS) to issue threats and other unwelcome messages. A related problem involves the filming of assaults by mobile phone. This is often known as happy slapping.
The Watford Observer reported in June 2016, that a teen was left brain damaged in a ‘happy slap attack’
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