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Glossary advocate/associate a person who has not actually observed the bullying, but may suspect it is occurring. An advocate can be very effective in preventing bullying.


a state of worry, distress, nervousness or uneasiness caused by apprehension of danger or misfortune


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a representation of a person online (in virtual reality). An avatar can be a three-dimensional model (used in computer games) or a two-dimensional picture (commonly used on Internet forums and other online communities).

internet bashing is a hostile and insulting interaction between internet users, usually occurring in public forums such as discussion boards, chat rooms, game servers or websites. Bashing is sometimes referred to as flaming.

a website, or part of a website, created as a ‘virtual journal’ with entries of commentary, descriptions of events, videos and photos. The word is an amalgamation of ‘web’ and ‘log’.



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bystander bully

see ‘instant messaging’

a form of computer-related crime where the internet or computers are used as a medium to commit crime (also called cybercrime)

email messages sent from one person to another (or to groups of people) via computers

a representation of a facial expression created by typing a sequence of keyboard characters, to indicate an emotion. For example, :-) denotes happiness and :-( denotes unhappiness. The word is a combination of ‘emotion’ and ‘icon’.


the ability to perceive, appreciate and share the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person

a site on the internet that allows people in different locations to communicate with each other through typed messages, usually in real time. The discussion may or may not have a moderator.

cyberbullying the use of the internet or other electronic communications to bully another person or persons



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to copy data from the internet to a user’s computer, or from one computer to another

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a bystander who is an accessory to bullying by encouraging a bully by, for example, making statements of support, laughing, jeering or mimicking

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a state of despondency where a person experiences feelings such as sadness, pessimism, anxiety, helplessness, worthlessness and guilt



a form of cyberbullying whereby a person posts, emails or texts information (including digitally altered photos) about another person or other people that is untrue or derogatory


the act of using superior strength or power to intentionally harm, intimidate or humiliate someone who is weaker

a person who observes bullying. Bystanders who observe bullying but take no active role in that bullying are themselves classified as bullies if they fail to take any action.

the ‘invisible world’ of the emails, computer networks, information resources and websites that make up the internet

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cyber stalking the use of the internet or other electronic communications to follow and repeatedly harass and/or threaten another person or group of people, making them fear for their safety

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a document or file (containing pictures, text or video) which accompanies a primary document or email. Basic plain text emails are unable to transmit most viruses, so attachments are often used to do so. Any unknown, unexpected or unsolicited attachments should be deleted without being opened.


a form of cyberbullying whereby a bully sends repeated offensive or nasty messages to a target, usually using personal communication channels such as emails, texts and instant messaging

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cyber harassment

a form of cyberbullying whereby an individual is excluded from a group, by being knocked off friend lists, left off party invitations or not accepted as a friend in social networking sites

filter a program that processes packets of data (from websites), blocking certain packets and allowing others through, hence restricting or controlling what content a computer user is able to access

Bullying in a cyber world – R.I.C. Publications®

Bullying in a Cyber World: Ages 6-8  
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