WHAT IS CYBER-BULLYING?
Cyberbullying is a constant form of bullying which takes place often online using digital technology such as phones, tablets, laptops, PC's, games consoles etc.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I OR SOMEONE I KNOW IS BEING CYBER-BULLIED?
Signs that you or someone you know may be being cyber-bullied include:
1. Being called names, teased or humiliated.
2. Posting, commenting on or liking nasty photos, videos or posts about you online.
3. Spreading rumours or starting group chats about you.
4. Beith threatened, intimidaterd or sent nasty messages.
5. Trolling you or commenting on your posts or pictures saying nasty things.
6. Someone sharing your personal details without your permission.
7. Targeting you over and over again in an online game.
If you or someone you know is being cyberbullied you might want to check out the following information and resources which could help you or someone else.
CYBER-BULLYING: JODIE'S STORY
Cyber-bullying can have a serious impact on the victims mental health. Here is a real life story we documented whilst working at a school in Wolverhampton.
WHAT CAN I DO IF I THINK I AM BEING CYBER-BULLIED?
1. REPORT IT & BLOCK PEOPLE
If you are being cyber-bullied, report the person and the content they are posting on the site or app. By doing this you are bringing the content to attention of the website or app owners and increase the liklihood that the content will be removed from the platform. Do not reply to any of the content and block the person posting it.
2. KEEP EVIDENCE
Whilst ity might be tempting to delete all traces of cyber-bulling content to you or others, it is important that you take screenshots or download content from the internet to help prove what has been happening.
3. TELL SOMEONE
If you are being cyber-bullied you should consider speaking to a responsible and trustworthy adult who can support you. This person might be a parent, teacher, a family friend or a youth worker. If you have evidence of what is happening, show them - they might be able to help stop the bullying.
WHO CAN I TURN TO FOR ADVICE ONLINE?
There are a number of online support services who you can turn to for advice if you or someone you know is being cyber-bullied. Here are just a few we would recommend: