An initiative of APWG and the Swiss Internet Security Alliance (SISA).

Say no to cyber mobbing

An act of cyber mobbing consists of intentionally insulting, threatening or harassing a person over a period of time by using online services

Cyber mobbing is about:

  • spreading false information or rumors.
  • spreading and uploading embarrassing or adulterated photos and videos.
  • offending, harassing, threatening or blackmailing via email, SMS, etc.

Especially children and teenagers are affected by cyber mobbing. The offenders usually know the victim and use the anonymity of the Internet to hide their identity.

Protection from cyber mobbing:

  • Support your child in acquiring media competence.
  • Encourage your child to confide in you.
  • Don’t be afraid of talking about cyber mobbing.

In case my child is affected:

Discuss the issue
Discuss cyber mobbing with your child.
Safe evidence
Safe evidence of cyber mobbing attacks (print screens, chats etc.).
Involve teachers
Talk to the teacher about the cyber mobbing incident.
Talk to the offenders
Talk to the offenders (if known) as well as to their custodians.
Get help
In case the attacks don’t stop, ask for help at official institutions (e.g. the center for victim aid or center for youth consultation).

Victims and offenders


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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.

You can find more information and tips on the website of the Swiss crime prevention office (SKP):

https://www.skppsc.ch/de/themen/internet/cybermobbing/