Especially children and teenagers are affected by cyber mobbing. It often starts (offline) in school, but most of the teenagers’ social interaction takes place online on the Internet. This is where they argue, discuss, connect and take risks – willingly or unknowingly. Some of the victims didn’t handle their passwords with care and got hacked, some of them just didn’t think about potential misuse or inappropriateness of a post, photo or video.
The offenders usually know the victim and use the anonymity of the Internet to hide their identity. Their motivation is mostly very selfish. Through mobbing and vilifying another person, the offenders aim at improving their own social status.