Cyberbullying can be considered an evolution of bullying. Technology allows bullies to infiltrate victims’ homes, materialize at every moment of their lives, stalking them with offensive messages, images, and videos. Unlike bullying, which occurs only in the presence of the victim, cyberbullying is active 24 hours a day. The Italian law today protects all those people who are victims of cyberbullying, with law 71 of 29 May 2017, called: Provision to protect minors for the prevention and contrast of the phenomenon of cyberbullying. If you are bullied through social media, talk to your teachers, your parents, anyone around you, people you trust, right up to the police. You don’t have to shut up, but report. It is also good to remember that it is very difficult to get something that has been published, deleted from the network, therefore, avoid offending anyone on the web, whether it is a well-known person or any user. Avoid vulgar phrases, which read out of context can be misunderstood, and judgments: you don’t know who is behind the screen. Finally, avoid negative comments to teachers, parents, classmates and, in the future, the boss and colleagues. You could become haters unintentionally, remember that the offense reaches real people.


Barbara Molinario