When it comes to cyberbullying, they are often motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. Sometimes they do it for entertainment or because they are bored and have too much time on their hands and too many tech toys available to them. Many do it for laughs or to get a reaction. Some do it by accident, and either send a message to the wrong recipient or didn't think before they did something. Some do it to torment others and for their ego. Mean girls do it to help bolster or remind people of their own social standing. Some may think they are righting a wrong and standing up for others. Others just join in to be a part of the group or avoid becoming victims themselves.

Because their motives differ, the solutions and responses to each type of cyberbullying incident has to differ too. Unfortunately, there is no "one size fits all" when cyberbullying is concerned. Only two of the types of cyberbullies have something in common with the traditional schoolyard bully. Experts who study schoolyard bullying often misunderstand cyberbullying, thinking it is just another method of bullying.