We get a lot of emails, phone calls, and comments on this blog from adults who are being bullied though technology. We know that cyberbullying negatively affects adults too.
Instant Messaging (IM) or better known as Messaging, and Chat Rooms, utilize the Internet as the backbone for their functionality.
These services provide instant communication between two user’s computers either through typing messages, sending files, and or even pictures.
This messaging service is very simple and built into the phone.
The phone service provider (Verizon, Sprint, ATT etc.) delivers the message for the user through the cellular network as opposed to the Internet. It is entirely possible, and highly likely, that users will utilize both the phone carrier’s network to send SMS messages, while also using a messaging app to communicate over the phone's Internet (data) connection.
Either way, these programs require a user to log on and use a designated username (screenname / handle etc.) that becomes their identity on the system while in use.