Cyberbullying: What is it?

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What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is where someone bullies another person online, for example, using a mobile phone, the internet or virtual gaming system. It can consist of:

  • Threats and intimidation
  • Harassment and staling
  • False statements about another person
  • Rejection of exclusion
  • Identity theft and impersonation
  • Exclusion
  • Manipulation

Why is cyberbullying different to face to face bullying?

  • It can reach a large number of people very quickly
  • It can impact a person at any time of day or night whilst at home
  • The bully can be anonymous
  • There is often some form of evidence eg. A social media post or a screenshot


What should you do if you are being bullied online?

  • Tell an adult that you trust, for example your parents, a teacher, manager or anyone else you feel comfortable talking to
  • Report and abusive posts on the social media platforms that it occurred on
  • Keep any evidence such as the dates, time, social media platforms and screenshots for evidence
  • Don’t retaliate by replying to comments
  • Block the bully / bullies
  • Keep personal details away from people that you don’t trust by turning your privacy settings on
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