What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is digital activity that is intended to embarrass, humiliate, torment, threaten or harass someone. Some examples of cyberbullying could include:
- Sending and/or posting threatening messages
- Spreading rumours through a digital medium
- Sharing photos and/or videos that are meant to embarrass or humiliate
- Posting content and/or comments that are meant to humiliate
- Using another person’s ID/password for unauthorized access/use of their accounts
- Using polling to rate people in negative/demeaning ways
While cyberbullying is often a course of action, a single incident is enough to count as cyberbullying.
Does the Code of Conduct cover cyberbullying?
Some conduct that occurs through electronic media is considered within the scope of the Student Code of Conduct. Misuse of Queen’s Information Technology resources, such as the Queen’s Secure WiFi or your NetID email, could constitute a violation of the code. Conduct through other media, such as text and social media platforms, can also fall under the scope.
What should I do if I experience cyberbullying?
If you experience cyberbullying and you feel safe, try communicating to the person that their actions are impacting you and you want them to stop.
If this approach does not work or you do not feel safe, you should report it. If you live in residence, you can reach out to one of your Dons or Residence Life Coordinators for guidance. Reports of cyberbullying can also be made to Campus Security and Emergency Services.
In addition, you may want to take the following steps:
- Preserve the evidence through screenshots or screen recording
- Block the offending accounts/numbers
- Change your passwords
What should I do if I see cyberbullying?
If you see cyberbullying taking place, there are actions you can take to help prevent further harm. If someone you know is engaging in cyberbullying, talk to them about the impact of their actions. If someone you know is a target of cyberbullying, listen to them, validate their experience, and ask if they are interested in resources. Check out our Support page for more information on what’s available.