Cyberbullying

Bullying isn’t just something that happens with children, it is also prevalent among college students and in the workplace. Virtual harassment and threats are just as serious as those made in person, and can feel more devastating because of possible anonymity, public nature, audience size, and long-lasting effects. Cyberbullying can be extremely damaging to a student’s personal and academic life.

SafeCats offers workshops to discuss the topic of cyberbullying in more detail. If you are interested in learning more about cyberbullying please contact lpleif@email.arizona.edu

What is cyberbullying?

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Cyberbullying is a broad range of behaviors or actions in which a person uses technology in a way that is perceived as aggressive or threatening to another person.

What are some possible consequences of cyberbullying?

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Experiences of being bullied can lead to serious health and psychological problems including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Social withdrawal
  • Low self-esteem
  • Emotional distress
  • Suffering academic performance

What can I do if I'm a victim of cyberbullying?

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You should let the person know that what they are doing is not okay and ask them to stop. Make it clear that the contact is unwanted.

Unfriend/block the person on social media or phone.

Make a report through the Dean of Students Office: https://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/accountability/students/student-accountability

When does cyberbullying become a crime?

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Every situation is different and whether a specific case is considered a crime will depend on its specific factors.  Below are links to Arizona Statutes, the Student Code of Conduct, and information from ASUA Legal Services. Because of the uniqueness of each situation, we encourage you to utilize the great resources, listed below, and meet with someone in person who can help clarify your specific situation.

RESOURCES: Find Support

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RESOURCES: Off Campus Resources

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  • Crisis Chat: http://www.crisischat.org/
  • Suicide/Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Suicide Hotline for Spanish Speakers (Línea Nacional de Esperanza): 1-800-SUICIDA
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233: www.thehotline.org