What are the penalties for cyber bullying

What makes cyberbullying so dangerous and when is it punishable?

Sharing embarrassing pictures of colleagues in the chat, filming fights at the break, or offensive comments on social media channels: children and young people are particularly affected by cyberbullying, but adults can also be bullied online. What often starts as teasing can have serious repercussions for the victim of bullying and can be punishable by law.

In our interview, Katrin Sprenger and Karoline Fuss from the Zurich start-up Silenccio answer the most important questions about cyberbullying and explain which legal steps you can take to protect yourself or your child.

What is cyberbullying anyway?

Katrin Sprenger: One speaks of cyberbullying when a person is deliberately insulted, exposed or harassed over a digital channel over a long period of time. Cyberbullying can have many faces: from spreading rumors and creating offensive fake profiles to harassing or threatening via SMS to spreading embarrassing or intimate pictures.

In addition to these well-known forms of cyberbullying, there are also lesser-known ones such as B. the creation of negative articles or comments, which are given in search engines as hits in connection with the name of the victim. Regardless of the form in which the bullies are being bullied, the goal is always the same: to defame another person.

What are the causes of cyberbullying?

Katrin Sprenger: I think the causes of cyberbullying are the same as for bullying. There is a tendency to say that bullying is always about demonstrating power or increasing low self-esteem. The underlying causes can be diverse: For example, envy, the desire for revenge or simply the desire to torture often play a role. The fact that cyber bullying is spreading more and more is also due to the fact that nowadays practically everyone has a smartphone and can thus bully anytime and anywhere - no matter where the victim is.