16, Jun, 2022

Types of Cyberbullying

 

In our previous article ‘How to identify cyberbullying’ we explained key points that could help identify cyberbullying. In this article we will tell you about the different types of cyberbullying that can occur via many sources.

  • Exclusion: Exclusion occurs when people are deliberately left out, let’s say from a group or an invite to a party. While others known to the person left out are invited. Exclusion is very degrading to the person it is being inflicted upon, it can happen to children and adults equally.
  • Outing: Outing is revealing and spreading sensitive information about a person without their consent. This is done with the intent of embarrassing or humiliating the person. This can include personal videos or personal chats.
  • Cyberstalking: Cyberstalking is the act of monitoring a person’s online activities with the intent to humiliate them or meet them in the real world. People should be very careful regarding the kind of information they give out online. Fortunately under section 354D of the Indian Penal Code, cyberstalking is a punishable offence.
  • Fraping: Fraping occurs when one’s social media accounts has been hacked into and is being used to post derogatory posts leading to a ruin in the account holder’s reputation and harassment by others. It is very necessary to keep an eye out for people who might be observing you when you log in your social media account or keep a practice of changing your login password every now and then.
  • Masquerading: Masqueraders make a fake social media account and befriend someone very close to them, earn their trust, take their personal information and spread it in the victims personal groups to defame or degrade them. It is very important to know the people you come in contact with online.
  • Trolling: Passing comments online to upset any random person or people is called trolling. This often occurs with public figures like celebrities, people with political affiliations. It can also occur with students and the common man as well.
  • Harassment: Online Harassment occurs when people repeatedly receive messages intended to annoy or provoke a response from them. Severe harassment forms include threatening, spreading rumours about the victim or defaming them. Harassment affects a person deeply and if not checked can lead the person to take an extreme step like suicide.
  • Abuse: Online abuse can take many forms, it can include threatening, bombarding with annoying messages among others. People who are abused online suffer in silence and choose not to mention the incident due to personal reasons. If you notice awkward silence from your otherwise bubbly kid, take note and have a talk.

 

Before taking action on any online comments it is important to think and act. And in cases you are not able to decide, consult cyber experts like Cyber BAAP and act accordingly.

 


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