Cyber bullying happens when young people are tormented, made vulnerable, humiliated, harassed, hassled, embarrassed, threatened or targeted by other young people using e‑mail, texting, chat rooms, mobile phones, other social media websites or other sources of technology. When adults are involved, it becomes cyber-harassment or cyber stalking, as cyber bullying is only between minors.
Fighting cyber bullying
The Council of Europe launched the Young People Combating Hate Speech On-line to combat racism and discrimination in cyberspace. Between 2012 and 2014 young people and youth organisations will have the chance to be trained to recognise and act against such situations. Centred on a course and online campaigning, the project stands for action and intervention.
Pro Juventute launched a prevention of cyber bullying in Switzerland.
Cyber bullying happens online, but there are a lot of things you can do to take action against it in the offline world. Stop Cyber Bullying offers you the Stop Cyber Bullying Toolkit, where you will find a lot of information on how to prevent and fight cyber bullying in your school our community.
It can be hard to escape cyber bullying, as the Internet is available all the time and victims can’t just turn off their computer or mobile phone to make it stop. Ins@fe provides you with a series of tips on how you can protect yourself online, such as keeping your social network profiles private and making sure you don’t add people you don't know or trust.
More tips from Switzerland.