Cyber Terms You Need To Know

As a parent you need to know what the cyber hype is and what is going on.

You may limit your cyber experience to Facebook, Twitter, Insta and maybe Pinterest but there is a massive growth in channels with new ones added constantly that aren’t necessarily classed as main stream.

Remember the saying sticks and stones? Actually name calling can be by far the most hurtful!

Don’t forget it only takes one friend to say something is cool and happening for a child to follow.

pinterest image showing a young girl sat infront of a laptop

So as a parent it’s best you come to terms with this jargon:

Cat Fishing

Stealing someone’s profile or setting up fake profiles to lure people into starting online relationships.

Catfishing is common on social networking and online dating sites. Sometimes a catfish’s sole purpose is to engage in a fantasy. Sometimes, however, the catfish’s intent is to defraud a victim, seek revenge or commit identity theft.

Catfishing can affect children and adults watch out for someone that:

  • Is amazing and the relationship moves along very quickly
  • You see plenty pictures on their profile but they never can video time and after an early meeting they can’t make it.
  • Their social media is quite bare, not everyone has been on social media for years. Only 8 billion people (I think at time of post) are on Facebook which is quite epic but you’ve not got the whole world there
  • They are a consultant that travels the world and rarely needs to be at a home base.
  • They suddenly ask for money, usually that they have had their identity cloned or lost everything travelling for work as it’s been stolen.
  • Watch the language, if you think you are speaking to someone from the Uk they are likely to have a good grasp of the english language. Same for every other country they say they are from. If the messages just don’t make sense you could have a warning light.
  • Cat Fish rarely have more than 100 friends
  • If someone is too good to be true run a reverse image on Google.
    • This is a good tool to teach your children early on.

Cyber Stalking

Sending repeated and frequent messages that include real threats of physical harm.

Many cyberstalkers try to damage the reputation of their victim and turn other people against them. They post false information about them on websites. They may set up their own websites, blogs or user pages for this purpose. They post allegations about the victim to newsgroups, chat rooms, or other social media sites.


Flaming is a hostile online interaction that involves insulting messages, or flames, between users. Flaming may occur in the context of Internet forums, chat rooms, Usenet groups, social networks and game lobbies, where there is a wide range of people known to the victim or unknown in many cases.

Alongside flaming, you could also discover the term baiting which is to get an angry reaction to start the flaming process quite often. Trolling also follows under this context.


Outing has usually been meaning uncovering someones sexual preference without the person knowing or consenting however it can mean publicly sharing personal, private or embarrassing information, photos or videos about someone online.


A great article to read on roasting can be found here

It all can start with a game with people using the #roastme tag yet the comments can soon turn mean and nasty.


There are a huge number of people on the internet that enjoy and thrive upon creating negative actions. Basically, a social media troll is someone who purposely says something controversial in order to get a rise out of other users.


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