“Bullying” (or “bullying”) is a social phenomenon based on instilling a state of fear in a person. It is characterized by aggressive and repeated behavior, most commonly found among children or adolescents, which implies an unbalanced power between those involved. This behavior can be physical, verbal, social or emotional and can occur in different settings such as academia, workplaces or online.

Bullying can have serious consequences for those affected, including emotional stress, low self-esteem, mental health problems and even the risk of suicide. It is important that communities work together to prevent and combat bullying, providing support to victims and educating both those involved and those who witness such behaviour.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a form of aggression carried out in the online environment by means of digital technologies. This can materialize by sending threatening or offensive messages via

  • text messages,
  • emails or social networks,
  • distributing humiliating or intimidating images or videos without the consent of the person concerned,
  • creating false websites or profiles intended to discredit or injure someone, or
  • other forms of online harassment.

The most common targets of this category are young people, but not only. Most young people admit that they have been bullied online at least once.

Cyberbullying can be particularly dangerous because of its anonymity and ability to spread quickly and widely.

What can we do to combat this phenomenon?

A first solution can be to educate young people regarding the activity in the online environment.

Depending on the age of the abused person, it is best to notify an adult about it. In such situations, screenshot evidence is very helpful in proving repeated aggressive behavior.

How do we identify cyberbullying?

Bullying in the online environment materializes by instilling a state of fear. If we feel in danger from a physical, mental or emotional point of view, we are the victim of an aggression.

The intensity with which a single message affects us depends from person to person, that is why the criminal action is set in motion upon the victim’s prior complaint.

How many messages does it take to feel harassed?

There is no minimum or maximum number of messages or posts to induce a fear. It is enough to feel in danger from any point of view to be in the situation of cyberbullying.

Don’t forget, if you are assaulted don’t hesitate to notify the authorities!

Vintilă Maria-Gabriela

Legal intern R&R Partners

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