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Cyberbullying

Definition:

Cyber-bullying is when a child, pre-teen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. (Source: Stop Cyber-bullyingwebsite)

What it looks like:

Common forms of cyber-bullying include: 

  • Unpleasant text messages
  • Posting nasty comments on social networking sites
  • Setting up 'hate groups' about people online
  • Conducting polls about people online
  • Making prank or silent calls
  • Writing blogs about people
  • Passing someones phone number round to other people
  • Sending insults, voice and video messages via online game chat facilities
  • Getting a large group of gamers to gang up on someone within a game
  • Stealing passwords and impersonation
  • Sending viruses or malicious code by email

Support for pupils:

    Pupils should be made aware of how to report abuse and who to talk to at school or at home about it. The following websites offer more advice and support: 

    Stop Cyber-bullying 
    Beat Bullying 
    Bullying UK 
    Childline

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