What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is when bullying takes place by trying to threaten or embarrass someone either online or by mobile phone, for example this could take place using social media, texting or email.
Just because cyber bullying isn’t physical, it doesn’t mean it isn’t just as harmful as bullying that takes place in the real world. It is important it is treated just as you would offline; make sure you tell someone about it.
Here are some top tips to stay safe from cyberbullying:
- Save any text messages or emails that you think are bullying to show to an adult you trust
- If you receive a nasty message it’s best not to reply to it
- Don’t answer phone calls from a withheld number or one that you do not know
- Only give your mobile number to your close friends and family
- Never leave your mobile unlocked or lying around without you there
- Never give out personal information
- If you receive abusive posts don’t reply to them, just ignore them or log off
- If on a chat room make sure your profile doesn’t tell anyone your age, gender or location
- Think about what you write – could it be taken in the wrong way?
Getting Help Locally
Stay Strong - Amy Jones, having experienced bullying at a young age, created an 'awareness campaign' about bullying
National Support Websites
Cybersmile - For help and advice on cyberbulling
Bullying UK - How to deal with cyberbullying
Thinkuknow - Online bullying: Speak Out
Childline - For information on bullying or to talk to a counsellor online
Kidscape - Advice for young people on dealing with cyberbullying
Need someone to talk to?
SHAC - Sexual Health and Contraception
YZUP - Wise up to Drugs and Alcohol
Ask PHIL - support, information and advice on local services
ABC - Anti-bullying in Cornwall
Childline - a free 24 hour counselling service for children and young people
Samaritans - 24 hour confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts
Brook - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people
Kooth - free online support for young people
Think you know - internet safety and safe surfing for young people
Talk to Frank - friendly, confidential drugs advice