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Information on Cyberbullying, what the consequences are and how to prevent it.


What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a type of violence practiced against someone through the internet or other related technologies.

Practising cyberbullying includes sending, posting or sharing negative, harmful, false or mean content about someone else.

Where does Cyberbullying occur?

The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:

  • Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter
  • SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through different devices
  • Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
  • E-mail

Consequences of Cyberbullying

People attacked by cyberbullying may suffer from:

  • sleep disturbance
  • stomach problems
  • irritability
  • depression
  • anxiety disorders
  • lack of appetite

How to prevent Cyberbullying?


  • Do not inadvertently release private information
  • Do not share personal or intimate information, especially through ICT channels
  • Do not give your password to anyone
  • Do not accept friend requests except from users you know personally.


  • Change your email account (s) if a situation persists
  • Keep records of all messages you receive
  • Modify the status of your profiles to private

STOP Cyberbullying as in extreme cases, some victims of cyberbullying are attacked so aggressively that they are driven to commit suicide.



Published: 17 February 2021