When parents think about bullying behavior, they may picture physical violence or verbal abuse. However, there are many other forms of school bullying. For example, teenagers often communicate through text messaging and social media. The widespread use of smartphones and the internet offers a space for cyberbullying to occur. Thus, it is crucial for parents to understand the mechanics of online bullying. Below, our cyberbullying attorneys explain a few of the most common types of cyberbullying children and teens may experience.
There are many ways that your child may experience harassment online. He or she may receive threatening text messages, instant messages or emails from another student. He or she may also receive threatening or embarrassing messages on social media. Additionally, your child may experience something called a “text attack.” This is where a group of students sends the victim thousands of abusive texts.
Another common type of cyberbullying involves “masquerading.” This is where a school bully assumes a fake identity and harasses your child anonymously. Many students engage in masquerading because it is difficult for teachers and parents to trace. Additionally, students may post threatening or inappropriate messages under a screen name similar to your child’s screen name. The bullies may then report this activity to get your child in trouble at school.
Along with harassment and masquerading, students in online groups may post malicious or harassing comments about your child. The goal is to make your child feel inferior to those inside the group. Members of the online group may also “subtweet” your child, making him or her feel even more left out. Subtweeting involves posting about a user without mentioning them directly, and is another way for students to engage in harassment.
Unlike exclusion, outing is a process that occurs in “plain sight.” Outing is when a bully publicly shares personal, private information about your child. This is one of the more brutal types of cyberbullying. It relies upon a lack of consent from the victim. Outing can take place in many different ways, including:
- Posting private photos online
- Sharing personal messages
- Creating websites devoted to sharing personal information
- Posting embarrassing or revealing videos on YouTube or other social media outlets
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There are many different types of cyberbullying that your child may experience. In certain cases, you may have the option to file a lawsuit on behalf of your child. An attorney at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. can help you determine if you have legal options. You can review these options during a free consultation. Contact us today at (844) 394-3624 or contact us online. We handle school bullying cases nationwide.