Cyberbullying is basically an online way of bullying. In other words, it means to use the Internet to hurt someone else. Cyberbullying is very common on Scratch, however it's against the Community Guidelines and everyone should report all cases of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can have negative effects on the victim, such as quitting or even becoming a bully him/herself.
Common Types of Cyberbullying
Gossip is when people may spread rumors about a user, often involving a ban or deletion of the account. These generally spread around the website, either with or without the knowledge (but without the approval) of the subject.
- Main article: Flame War
A large argument between two or more Scratchers about a specific topic.
- Main article: Username#Impersonation
A user may pretend to be the targeted user by creating an account with a similar username. Then they can attempt to hurt the reputation of the targeted user with their actions.
Some users might participate in doxing, also called doxxing, which is to release private information about another user in order to harass that user. Information includes, but is not limited to: full names, home address, email address, passwords, etc. This is rare on Scratch, though, as many users would agree to not share personal information.
What to do if you see cyberbullying
Whether you're a victim of bullying or have seen a user getting bullied (even if you are not involved in the situation), you should always report the offending content (such as comments and projects) so the Scratch Team can get to the situation quickly. Never fight back, bullies always want your reaction and fighting back may worsen the situation. Posting public complaints will not help either. For very serious situations such as cyberstalking and inappropriate situations, you should contact the Scratch Team about the situation. Talking to a trusted adult (such as your parent or teacher) is also good advice for handling cyberbullying.