This is a very general definition, and highlights that cyberbullying comes in many forms, and can happen on any device, and through any online platform (games, social media sites, private messaging, etc.). It can be perpetrated by somebody who is known or somebody who is a stranger. Sometimes it only happens online, but other times it is an extension of bullying that is happening at school. It is also often the case that a person simultaneously is the aggressor and the victim.
In some cases cyberbullying has been shown to be more emotionally damaging than traditional school yard bullying. This is due in part to the Permanency of digital information. Once something is online, it’s there forever, which means that if you are the victim of cyberbullying, that conversation, or those photos, or that video is going to remain in its original form and every time you happen to see it, you will relive the cyberbullying experience. The other reason is due to the 24/7 access to technology. It used to be that if a child was being harassed at school, he or she could come home and be safe from it. Now with mobile devices will follow you into your house, and even your bedroom, there is no escape from it.