What is Cyber-bullying and where can I go for help and advice?
Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology, like the internet or a mobile phone, to deliberately hurt, humiliate, harass, intimidate or threaten someone else.
It can take the form of:
- Sending nasty or threatening texts or emails
- Posting abusive messages online - on a social networking site, in a chatroom,
or using IM
- Posting humiliating videos or pictures online, or sending them on to other people
- Taking on someone else's identity online in order to upset them
- Bad mouthing and spreading rumours
- Setting up a hate site or a hate group on an SNS site
- Prank calling, prank texts and messages.
The information above is provided by cybermentors.
If you are worried that you or a child are being bullied please visit our section on 'Important contacts and links' and look at Childline, CyberMentors and ThinkYouKnow.
We would recommend putting in place an Anti-Cyber Bullying policy.
Action to be taken. The nature of the message determines the action to be taken as suggested below:
Contact the Local Authority – Children’s Social Care need to know when a child has been harmed or is at risk of significant harm (see LSCB procedures)
Contact us about filtering - we can advise on which sites need to be blocked and how to respond quickly. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the police – when a crime has or may have been committed and needs investigation or where you are concerned about threats made to a child’s safety & well being
Use the CEOP “report abuse” button – this is the same as referring to police and is there for the young person as well as their teachers
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