Bullying is not new, the Internet did not invent it, but the anonymity it can provide can increase the opportunity for people to bully, intimidate, harass and upset others. First and foremost it is important to think of bullying in the broadest sense. Cyberbullying therefore is just an extension of bullying in the real world.
One of the aggravating factors of cyberbullying is that young people live simultaneously between the real and virtual worlds. There is no hiding place for them if they occupy the same online space as the bully and it is harder for a parent or carer who is not part of their online life to identify the early signs that their child is being bullied.