Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

If you've ever felt uncomfortable about something a person has said about you online, you may have experienced cyberbullying. We are here to help the NIU community understand cyberbullying and provide resources to address and prevent it.

Learn what to do if you experience cyberbullying.

What Is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a form of harassment that occurs in digital spaces, such as websites, email, social media platforms, texting and apps. A persistent behavior intended to cause harm, it affects everyone differently. Some examples include:

  • Fear of harm to yourself, your belongings or your home.
  • Negative effects on your physical or mental health.
  • Interference with your education or job.
  • Reduced ability to participate in or benefit from NIU services, activities or privileges.

Examples of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can take many forms, including:

  • Trolling.
  • Nonconsensual sexual content.
  • Doxing.
  • Cyberstalking.
  • Fake profiles.
  • Bullying based on identity.
  • Threatening speech.

Get Help Immediately

If there has been a crime.
If someone is at risk of harm.

If someone is contemplating suicide.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
TTY users: use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

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