Cyber Bulling

Cyber bullying, taunts, threats and insults, via the internet and mobile phones - can happen to anyone, children, young people and adults, with the consequences being so devastating that some consider taking their own lives.

If you are being subjected to this form of bullying, as with any bullying and harassment, don't suffer in silence, tell your family and friends, seek advice, and get support.

If you are receiving abuse by email, don't delete or reply to the message, but forward the whole email to the sender’s internet service provider (ISP). 

If you are a child or young person and someone has set up a nasty web page or posts comments on a message board, social networking site, contact Bullying UK who will contact the website host and try to have it closed down. The offensive material should be removed the same day although too often internet service providers seem to drag their feet over doing this.

Making threatening messages and or causing harassment to a person is illegal, and those using cyber bullying, to cause distress to others are not as anonymous as they would like to think.

Nobody should have to put up with this kind of behaviour and there is action which can be taken.

Bullying UK website includes excellent advice on safety issues online which is essential reading if you want to protect yourself as much as possible on sites like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter etc.

There is excellent advice what to do if you are being subjected to cyber bullying of any kind.  This behaviour needs to be stopped as soon as possible, the victim of this kind of behaviour often feels helpless and in despair, but there is help, support and advice as to what to do which I hope will make any victim feel less alone.

Useful websites

  • www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/
    Information includes social networks and blogs, internet security, uploading safely, webcam aware and beat the bullies.

  • www.bullying.co.uk
    Click on Advice Section on the website for advice and information about staying safe and how to deal with cyber bullying.

  • www.kidscape.org.uk/cyberbullying
    Information for children and young people, parents and carers on all aspects of cyber bullying.

  • www.thinkuknow.co.uk
    Internet safety and safe surfing advice for your people

  • www.respectme.org.uk
    Scotland’s antibullying service. Respect Me works with all adults who have a role to play in the lives of children and young people to give them the practical skills and confidence to deal with bullying behaviour.

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