Cyberbullying can be understood as:

"Cyberbullying is the use of a range of digital media and/or communication devices to post or distribute offensive and demeaning forms of expression. Cyberbullying contains all of the elements of traditional bullying, but extends them into a highly public, online environment.

Cyberbullying can include using cellular and smart phones, email, or social media to post or distribute insults, threats, gossip, modified and/or intimate photographs, and videotapes of beatings or unauthorized films of intimate sexual acts. The purpose of these acts is to embarrass or threaten targeted peers or authority figures.

These online forms of expression become cyberbullying when they intentionally or unintentionally cross the line from harmless teasing, joking and entertainment to constitute criminal threats, sexual harassment, possession and distribution of child pornography, libel, defamation or slander; negatively impacting the health, wellbeing and reputations of those victimized and the learning of all bystanders and victims involved" (Define The Line)

At UNB, cyberbullying incidents may involve the IT Security Team, the UNB Fredericton or Saint John security offices and other offices at the university charged with student discipline or with UNB's policies on human rights and positive environment. Incidents may also involve local policing authories as required.

Reporting cyberbullying

If you believe you are the victim of cyberbullying or you are aware of a UNB community member who is being cyberbullied, please contact your campus security office. They will work with you, our human rights office and our IT security team to gather information and together we will evaluate the best way to proceed. 

Protecting yourself against cyberbullying

  • Check the privacy settings on your social media sites.
  • Report abuses to web site or social media owners