Cyberbullying Vocabulary Every Parent Should Know

As the internet becomes more and more popular with teenagers and young children, it’s more important than ever for parents to be aware of the lingo. Cyberbullying and internet harassment have a language all their own. It can be difficult to stay on top of current trends – luckily, however, most internet language stays consistent. This article will serve as a guide to cyberbullying vocabulary, so that you can stay on top of what’s going on with your kids.

Impersonation is when someone pretends to be your teenager on the internet. The perpetrator may hack into your child’s email account, blog, or social networking account and assume their identity. After changing your child’s passwords so that they cannot access their own account, they will impersonate your teen, posting inappropriate, sexual, or harassing messages while pretending to be your teen.

Reporting This type of internet harassment involves sharing someone’s personal information online in an embarrassing manner. While the information is often factual, it may be something that the victim wanted to keep private. An example of reporting would be revealing someone’s sexuality online before they are ready to release the information on their own.

Flaming Flaming is a type of online attack, usually perpetrated on a message board or forum. Flames can also be sent via instant messenger, email, or in a chat room. A flame war can originate with an innocent comment, but quickly turns into an online battle of words. Flaming often involves cursing, inappropriate language, and insults.

Denigration People practicing this type of harassment attempt to spread gossip or rumors about their victims over the internet. They may post embarrassing pictures, negative rumors, or gossip. The victims reputation is often permanently damaged.

Tricking When practicing this method of cyberbullying, perpetrators fool their victims into revealing personal information in a public place. They may then use this information against the victim or spread it around the internet against the victim’s will.

Stalking Online stalkers often follow their victims around the internet, messaging them repeatedly and finding them wherever they go online. Online stalking can be as invasive, if not more so, than real life stalking.

Knowing the meanings of these terms can go a long way towards understanding what’s happening to your teen online, and can help you report what is happening to your child to the authorities. Using the correct terminology will help you to get the best care possible.

Have a great day!

Lawrence