Cyberbullying has been on the rise amongst adolescents due, in part, to increased access to electronic devices, use of the Internet, and at times, lack of supervision of online activity. It is also been on the rise amongst adults as well.
According to UNICEF, cyberbullying is bullying with the use of digital technologies. It can take place on social media, messaging platforms, gaming platforms and mobile phones. It is behavior aimed at scaring, angering or shaming adults and children who are targeted. People who are victims of any form of violence, including cyberbullying, have a right to justice and to have the offender held accountable.
Laws against bullying, particularly on cyberbullying, are relatively new and still do not exist everywhere. This is why many countries rely on other relevant laws, such as ones against harassment, to punish cyberbullies. In countries that have specific laws on cyberbullying, online behavior that deliberately causes serious emotional distress is seen as criminal activity. In some of these countries, victims of cyberbullying can seek protection, prohibit communication from a specified person and restrict the use of electronic devices used by that person for cyberbullying, temporarily or permanently.
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