Cyber bullying is intimidating online behaviour, wherein you can be targeted on an online public platform with threatening, humiliating, embarrassing and harassing posts or acts.
It can be carried out through electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, e-mail, chat rooms, discussion groups and websites in Internet.
Examples of Cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and sending embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
The act of cyber bullying not only hurts the child emotionally but they are prone to being targeted in group online and offline leading to social isolation, harassment, mental stress that may even lead suicidal attempts.
Recognize the risk factors and which members of our youth are more likely to be targeted by identifying these risk factors.
Identifying and effective handling of the cyber bullying related issue is the key to avoid the negative effects which can prove to be very damaging.
Cyber bullying is intimidating online behaviour which can happen in different ways like -
Following certain safe online practices can help digital users sail smooth in the cyber space by avoiding possible dangers and offensive scenarios like cyber bullying.
Cyber bullying is a punishable offence and attracts section 66E & 67, 67A , under I.T. Amendment Act 2008, and section 507 under IPC. It may also attract S.499 IPC for defamation incase the perpetrator shares defamatory contents publicly in the way of bullying.
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