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A hashtag used to identify (and often glorify) posts about self-harm habits, such as cutting and burning; users also share tricks on how to keep these behaviors hidden.
“Before anyone else”; a term of affection for a significant other or crush.
A message that gets erased after a set period of time.
Using a fake profile or pretending to be someone else (or both) to get a target to share personal information or become romantically involved.
When a group of people gang up on someone else via social media.
Awkward, cringe-inducing photos; these can be used as blackmail and/or be uploaded to public forums.
A secondary Instagram account, often set up under an alias, for posts someone wants only a small group of friends (and often, not parents) to see. “Finsta” comes from “fake Instagram”; “rinsta” is used to describe a "real Instagram” account.
Sending angry, rude, or obscene messages to a person, either publicly or privately.
When someone cuts off communication with another person without an explanation. Can apply to phone calls, texting, email, and social media.
An extreme form of bullying; physical assaults are recorded, then sent to others or posted online.
A term for a person who’s new to a multiplayer online game or other Internet activity and doesn’t know how to use it well. Also spelled newb, n00b, nob, noob, or nub.
When a gamer quits after an angry scene directed at other players; it often results from being purposely provoked by the other players.
Using sexual images to blackmail, humiliate, or get revenge on someone.
Sending a large number of text messages to a person at one time so that they can’t use their device.
Someone who deliberately makes an inflammatory post or purposely shares misleading information to get other people to respond emotionally.
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