Texas Tech University


A cyberbully is someone—of any age—who uses a computer, cell phone, smartphone, or other technology to intentionally and repeatedly humiliate, harass, or threaten another person through emails, texts, social media postings, chat rooms, websites, and other forms of electronic communication.

Because cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the victim can become overwhelmed.  The “crowd mentality” can easily occur online, with others jumping on the bullying bandwagon, and harmful words quickly become widespread.

A responsible digital citizen recognizes the signs of cyberbullying, responds appropriately, and does not participate in the destructive activities.  Good digital citizenship honors and respects the rights of other digital citizens.