Cyberbullying Terminology

As a relatively new phenomenon, certain terms and language have developed around cyberbullying. The main ones are listed below.  

  • Cyberstalking: creating fear by engaging in abusive and threatening online behaviour.
  • Denigration: providing information about somebody that is derogatory and untrue. This may involve sending or posting gossip or rumours about a person to damage their reputation or relationships.
  • Exclusion: intentionally excluding someone from an online group.
  • False reporting: making false reports or complaints to the service provider with the intention of having the user’s account or website terminated.
  • Flaming: fighting online with angry and offensive language.
  • Harassment: repeatedly sending offensive or threatening messages.
  • Impersonation: pretending to be someone else and sending or posting messages, pictures or videos to get that person in trouble or to damage their reputation or friendships.
  • Outing: distributing intimate private information or secrets about someone else online.
  • Trickery: tricking someone to reveal intimate or embarrassing information and then
  • Dissing: Sending or posting cruel gossip or rumors about a person (target) to damage his or her reputation or friendships.
  • Target: The person who is on the receiving end of online social cruelty.
  • Bash Board: An online bulletin board on which individuals can post anything they want. Frequently, posts are malicious, hateful statements directed against an individual.
  • Trolling: Intentionally posting confrontational comments about sensitive subjects to create conflict and bait others into an online argument.