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Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying

Definition

A form of bullying using electronic media and going beyond the "traditional" face-to-face interactions. The explosion in prevalence of instant messaging, social media, and other forms of technological communication have driven the increase in incidents of this type.

Employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) policy wording may explicitly include coverage for "bullying" in "any location" and "by any means," including the Internet. Particularly broad provisions of this type not only grant coverage for cyber bullying in general but also specifically allow coverage even if the act is effected off company premises, outside of "regular" work hours, and on a device not owned or provided by an employer. However, wording to this effect is by no means a guarantee in the EPLI marketplace.

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