Cyberbullying Hurts: the Rising Threat to Youth in the Digital AgeNilüfer Sezer, Serdar Tunçer
Cyberbullying refers to the behaviour of inflicting harm upon a certain individual or group by using information or communication technologies. Although it originally became a topic of discussion in Europe and North America, it has now become a worldwide issue. Bullying is not a new phenomenon but ‘conventional bullying’ is now being replaced by cyberbullying. With the increasing use of the Internet, mobile devices and particularly the spread of social media, the number of individuals vulnerable to cyberbullying is on the rise. In this context, angry or offensive messages, those mocking, teasing, intimidating, acquiring private information by means of fake accounts or attempts to spread such information may all be considered as examples of cyberbullying. While conventional bullying may occur at a certain place or time, cyberbullying emerges anytime and anywhere people may have access to the Internet. Additionally, factors such as cyberbullying’s capacity to spread more quickly and simultaneously to a larger number of people, its long-lasting effects and the perpetrator’s perception of concealing his/her identity enhance the need for multidimensional scholarly studies on this subject.