Sending Instant Messenger and Chat Room Messages
Sending instant messenger and chat room messages to friends or direct to a victim. Others can be invited into the bullying conversation, who then become part of it by laughing or sharing it further.
Social Networking Sites
Setting up profiles on social networking sites to make fun of someone. Anyone visiting these pages or contributing to them, becomes part of the problem and adds to the feelings of unhappiness felt by the victim.
Sending humiliating and abusive text or video messages, as well as photo messages and phone calls over a mobile phone. This includes anonymous text messages over short distances using Bluetooth technology and sharing films of physical attacks on individuals (happy slapping).
Games consoles allow players to chat online with anyone they find themselves matched with in a multi-player game. Sometimes cyber bullies abuse other players and use threats. They can also lock victims out of games, spread false rumours about someone or hack into someone’s account.
Some people send viruses or hacking programs to another person that can destroy their computers or delete personal information from their hard drive.
Abusing Personal Information
Many victims of cyber bullying have complained that they have seen personal photos, emails or blog postings posted where others could see them without their permission. Social networking sites make it a lot easier for web users to get hold of personal information and photos of people. They can also get hold of someone else’s messaging accounts and chat to people pretending to be the victim.