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Nov, 2017

types of cyberbullying

Online bullying is no rare scenario these days. With internet accessible to kids every single second, it becomes easy for teenagers and youngsters to bully each other. But they are unaware of the fact that these actions of hatred can bring out someone’s deepest fears.

Types of Cyberbullying

In this article, we are going to share the 3 different types of cyberbullying used by kids to bully each other on the internet. Here we go:

Vulgar Abbreviations

Cyberbullying has got its own language in the form of abbreviations that parents or adults might not have heard. Here are a few common terms related to bullying that you should know to keep a check on your child:

  • Gcad: Get cancer and die.
  • Foad: F*** off and die.
  • Fugly: F****** ugly.
  • KYS: Kill yourself.
  • 182: I hate you
  • 4Q: F*** You
  • GCAD: Get cancer and die
  • FUB: Fat ugly b**tard
  • JLMA: Just leave me alone

In case you find any of these terms on the mobile phone or computer of your child, then it is a danger alarm. Either your child is getting bullied or he is the culprit. Figure out!

Impersonation

Also known as Masquerading, it is the act of breaking into someone’s account stealing their account credentials, posing as that person and sending rude or inappropriate messages to others in order to damage their online reputation. This happens when someone shares his login details with a person, generally a friend, but they misuse it and cause harm to them.

Trolling

This includes making fun of someone by editing their personal information such as pictures and sharing it online to embarrass the target. Photoshopped images with replaced face or body are one example of trolling someone over the web.

Dealing with Bullies

Parents should always encourage their child to tell if he is being bullied by someone. Make him understand that bullying shall not be tolerated and taking an appropriate action against the culprit is important.

Secure their Information

Social media and instant messaging have made it easy to share your pictures and other sensitive information with anyone. As a parent, you should tell your child to keep a check on whom they share such content with. They shall make use of privacy settings so that they don’t get blackmailed later.

Use Child Tracking Tools

No matter what, a parent of the digital age needs to be smart enough to track his child’s online footprints. Make use of online parental control tools that helps in keeping a record of which websites your child visits and allows you to limit his internet usage through blocking.

Respond Carefully

In case your child has been bullied online, it is wise enough not to respond back directly as you should report the local cybercrime or concerned authorities about the same. They will help you better deal with the issue keeping in consideration your child’s safety.

Besides the above-mentioned safety tips, you can also read our post on Effective Ways to Stop Cyberbullying – What Parents Need to Know!

The Author

Kanika Sharma

Kanika Sharma is a cyber security writer and digital marketer. For the past 5 years, she has been writing for various technology blogs. Being an engineering graduate, her background allows her to connect with cutting edge technologies and relate them to real world scenarios. When she is not writing, she loves wandering around the hills, as exploring nature excites her the most.
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