Masquerading

Masquerading is an elaborate form of cyberbullying where the bully pretends to be someone who they aren’t.

They might create fake email addresses or instant messaging names or they might use someone else’s email or mobile phone to bully you. This would make it appear as if the threats have been sent by someone else, again keeping the bully’s identity hidden.

Some people will tell you that you would give them your password if you were a ‘real’ friend. Do not give out your password to anyone.

A 13-year-old girl gave her password to her best friend. After they had a fight, the ex-friend used the girl's screen name to enter an adult chat room and gave out the girl's phone number. A man from the chat room called the girl's home – but was luckily intercepted by the mother.