Human Rights Office

Human Rights Office
Human Rights Office

Online Harassment and Cyberbullying at Queen’s

Have you experienced online harassment?

Online harassment (sometimes experienced as “cyberbullying”) is a pattern of unwanted behaviour involving electronic technology that is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to be unwelcome. Online harassment typically results in the creation of an intimidating, demeaning and/or hostile working, living or learning environment. It can involve communication tools such as:

  • Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube)
  • Online discussion forums
  • Anonymous posting forums
  • Websites and blogs
  • Text, photo, video, and audio messaging
  • Email
  • Online games

Online harassment uses language or images that humiliate, threaten, or violate the privacy of the targeted person(s). It may include, but is not limited to:

  • Aggressive personal attacks
  • Racist, sexist, homophobic put-downs or threats
  • Stalking
  • Rumour spreading
  • Sharing of personal information/photos without consent
  • Shaming/ostracism
  • Impersonation

Are you a student experiencing online harassment? Here are some steps you can take:

IMPORTANT:DO NOT IGNORE THE HARASSING BEHAVIOUR AND DO NOT ERASE THE OFFENSIVE MESSAGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: there may be certain cases where the you should explore options in the Kingston community such as, Kingston Police who can be contacted at (613) 549-4660.

 

For further information on reporting unwanted images on social media sites including - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram check out NeedHelpNow.ca