Types of Cyberbullying in Social Networks  List ▷ 2020

In any part of the web or social networks, there is a great possibility that you have suffered at some point some type of cyberbullying, so you should know that this has become one of the most dangerous forms of bullying today. The use of all the possibilities that the Internet offers, including that of anonymity, helps this fact to proliferate in society.

There are different types and this can affect the victim or their social environment in different ways. That is why it is important to know the types that currently exist on the network, how they can affect you and the methods there are to protect you or any member of these stalkers.

For this and many more reasons, we are going to provide you with all the information you may need so that you can discover when you or some other cyberbully is affected. Further, We will mention some measures to take to prevent it from continuing.

What is cyberbullying? The greatest danger of social media

Before continuing, it is important to clarify that cyberbullying and cyberbullying are not the same. There is a big difference between the two.

Cyberbullying can be defined as those threats, harassment, humiliation and any other type of annoyances that are made by an adult against another, a group of people against another group or a single person. As well as adults against minors.

They use technological means as harassment tools; mainly communication tools, for example: the Internet, mobile telephony, online games and different social networks, etc. Is said to exist higher risk in the latter since in them it is easier to contact the victim, in turn to communicate and find all the necessary information that could harm her.

The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that Spain is one of the countries where cyberbullying is most practiced. On the other hand, foundations such as ANAR and Mutua Madrileña for last year they published a report where it specifies that:

  • One in four cases of bullying is cyberbullying.
  • Girls suffer this type of abuse much more than boys (70 -30%).
  • The average age at which it is usually started is 13 years old.
  • The medium most used by stalkers is WhatsApp (81%). By other social networks (36%).
  • Harassment is daily for 71.8% of the victims.
  • 30.6% of cyberbullying is linked to physical attacks.

List of the main types of cyberbullying that exist in social networks

There are different types of cyberbullying, these can be differentiated according to the intentions of the harasser, the type of damage you want to cause and the magnitude.

The latter is known according to the number of people who may be affected and the number of stalkers (participants) in the event.

Cyberbullying in the strict sense of the word

It is the harassment that exists mainly among adults. Although it can also be the case where an adult virtually harasses a minor.

Where for different causes and motives, he has decided to perform such despicable acts, which they can be punished according to the severity of the same.

Cyber ​​sexual harassment

This type of harassment can happen between adults, adults with minors and between minors, Its purpose is to obtain sex with the victim or, failing that, with the dissemination of sexual material.

This can happen under threat of death, job, family, school, university and / or monetary blackmail. There may even be the disclosure of personal and private information of the victim which is deceived or blackmailed. Where if she does not want said material to be disclosed, she must have sex with the harasser, in order to maintain silence.

This type of cyberbullying is considered one of the most dangerous and existing in social networks.

The diffusion of private photos and videos of the victim’s privacy can also enter it. The already known “Nudes”. Here you can see photos or videos of the couple in relationship reflected.

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The latter can be known as “Sexual revenge” and it is a fact that can be punished.


This is the kind of bullying that it happens between minors. Mainly it lies in the humiliation of the other, although in extreme cases it can become exaggerated where sexual requests, blackmail, request for money and something else are added.

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Cyberstalking (staking or stalking)

It basically lies in the tracking the steps and all activity of the victim online. This fact can affect not only the victim, but also friends, family and possible partner.

Since the stalker in these cases, seeks to obtain all the possible data of the person. In order to learn more about it and be able to act more precisely in cases of wanting to do so.

Exploding on digital platforms it’s more common than we think and the event becomes dangerous when the stalker begins to take direct action against his victim and begins to cause anguish, fear and other reactions.

Grooming or cybergrooming


Basically it is cheating minors, this is done by pedophiles or pedophiles online thanks to different networks. The same It consists of gaining their trust by simulating empathy and affection towards them.

Bait or Luring


They are those tricks or methods that pedophiles use to attract to incite boys or girls to different encounters outside the network and in person, either to get to know them better and then get sexual favors or sex. In more dangerous cases, kidnappings, rapes and other extreme cases can occur.

By this we do not mean that sex between an adult and a minor is not dangerous. On the contrary, it is an event that must be avoided and which is risky. But being an act conceived by the participants does not endanger the life of the victim (on many occasions).

In the same way all these encounters can and are punishable by law, and depending on the severity of the same, the sentence may vary.

Beating web

It is a website that has been created to do cyberbullying on any minor person, to exercise harassing and / or ridiculing the person in a public way. On many occasions it is sought to encourage others to participate in the abuse.

Flame or flicker

It is that provocation through the use of insulting, defamatory, humiliating messages and more, which are sent to a forum, by mailing list or within a game. This is intended to provoke altered reactions from the participants.

The word flame is translated as flame, And it is the action that the provocateur seeks with his victim so that he catches fire with anger and gets to have a meaningless argument or fight with the harasser.

How can I protect myself and my children from the different types of digital bullying?

In case you are a victim of any type of cyberbullying or your children, even if you suspect that a friend or relative is, it is important to find a solution immediately.

In the event that you are a minor, The best thing you can do is tell an adult about your situation (it could be your parents, a teacher, a relative, someone you trust who can help you …) In turn, seek advice from other experts in the field so so they can act or know what to do in these cases.

You can go directly to a police, security, or student council department for support and guidance. Do not hesitate at any time to make a complaint in cases of extortion, death threats, requests for sexual favors, threats of rape, etc. It is important to stop the stalker, as you are at high risk as long as that person remains free.

Depending on the type of harassment, a peaceful solution can be reached where the other person desists from making such harmful and annoying stops without asking for anything in return.

On the contrary, if a calm solution is not possible and the acts of harassment are dangerous and they enter the risky barrier, as we previously named some. The first thing you should do is save as much evidence as possible that can be used to prove that you have been cyberbullying. These can be: images, audios, videos, emails, screenshots of the different conversations; be it text messages, WhatsApp, Facebook and other social networks that they have used.

All this evidence can serve as material to prosecute the harasser and absolutely prove such events. Try to make sure that this information has as much detail as possible, such as date and time.

Other ways to protect yourself from cyberbullying

Other ways you can use to stay protected is change security settings of your social networks.

For this you have different things that you can do such as:

  • Block all accounts, user profiles or phone numbers of those who have been harassing you. In case friends and family have been affected, ask them to do the same.
  • Change the settings of your personal information on your social networks; You may not know it, but in many cases the contact information such as your phone number, email, are publicly in the profiles of these platforms. You can delete them or make them only visible to you.
  • Avoid uploading images or data that indicate your current location, be it videos or photos. When uploading these files on social media, such information can be added or omitted.

In cases where you suspect that there is a lot of personal information that could put you in danger, you can enter it and modify your personal information, as well as the amount of content you want to show and who you want to show it to.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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