Research has demonstrated a number of serious consequences of cyber bullying victimization. For example, victims have lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and a variety of emotional responses, retaliating, being scared, frustrated, angry and depressed.
One of the most damaging effects is that a victim begins to avoid friends and activities, often the very intention of the cyber-bully.
Cyber bullying campaigns are sometimes so damaging that victims have committed suicide. I have attempted suicide twice.
Cyber bullying involves repeated behavior with the intent to harm and repeated nature. Exclusion, intentionally and cruelly excluding someone from an online group.
A cyber bully may be a person whom the target knows or an online stranger. A cyber bully may be anonymous and may solicit involvement or other people online who do not even know the target.
Cyber stalking may include false accusation, monitoring, making threats, identity theft, and gathering information in order to harass. There are consequences of law in offline stalking, and online stalking and cyber stalkers can be put in jail. Cyber stalking is a form of cyber bullying.
Common tactics used by cyber stalkers are performed in public forums, social media or online information sites and are intended to threaten a victim's earnings, employment, reputation or safety.
Behaviors may include encouraging others to harass the victim and trying to affect a victim's online participation. Many cyber stalkers try to damage the reputation of their victim and turn other people against them.
If you or someone you know or care about is a victim of cyber bullying, contact the District Attorneys Office in your State.