Cyber bullying is a ‘method’ of bullying, rather than a ‘type’ of bullying. It includes bullying via text message, via instant-messenger services and social network sites, via email, and via images or videos posted on the Internet or spread via mobile phone. It can take the form of any of the previously discussed types of bullying, i.e. technology can be used to bully for reasons of race, religion, sexuality, disability, etc.
Though the evidence base is narrow, UK studies indicate that around 20 per cent of children and young people have suffered cyber bullying. Prolonged campaigns of harassment can occur. There is some evidence of a strong transition in cyber bullying: those who have been bullied can go on to do the bullying themselves.