Cyberbullying is the use of web-based communication media or hand-held technologies by an individual or group to deliver slanderous, harassing, demeaning, obscene, racist or other offensive messages, images, or video either directly or indirectly that result in emotional harm to the target of the communication. The concept of cyberbullying has emerged in the twenty first century as one that must be investigated and understood as educational institutions transition steadily into the use and integration of technology into education. It is essential that students, parents, educators, and counselors comprehend the impact of surreptitious bullying based via the Internet and other hand-held technologies. To that end, this entry will review the history of bullying research, the transition of bullying into cyberspace, and its increased impact when hosted via technology.
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