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Cyberbullying - The New Playground Bully

Cyberbullying is defined as “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices” (Hinduja & Patchin, 2015, p. 11). Willful means they meant to do it and it wasn’t an accident or unintentional. Repeated refers to a pattern that develops over time and harm can even include perceived hurt, which allows for emotional and social injury. All of these portions are included in regular bullying, therefore the only difference between traditional bullying and cyberbullying is the use of an electronic device for delivery.

Adolescent and preadolescent students are most likely to experience cyb