Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology such as the internet or a mobile device to bully someone. It can be done by someone the child knows or by someone who they don’t know. If issues around cyberbullying do arise the school has a duty to recognise and deal with cyberbullying.

What is “Cyberbullying”?

It is bullying through digital platforms, and includes:

  • Abusive text messages (including those with pictures).
  • Placing fake profiles of victims on social networking sites.
  • Derogatory online comments.
  • Posting videos or images of bullying or physical harm.

Cyberbullying resources & organisations

  • Anti-Bullying Alliance: advice & information for parents, carers and children.
  • Bullying UK: has a section dedicated to cyberbullying, and dealing with bullying over specific platforms (ie, phones).
  • Carphone Warehouse: has an advice booklet with up-to-date information on online security measures.
  • CBBC: a dedicated section on bullying and cyberbulling from CBBC website.
  • Childline: advice & information for children facing cyberbullying.The Diana Award: supports Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme which has trained over 15,000 young people across the UK to lead on anti-bullying campaigns in their schools.
  • Childnet: help teachers incorporate internet safety into the curriculum. A member of the Education Team will pay school visits.
  • Cybersmile: outreach, teacher workshops, and post-traumatic counselling.
  • Digizen: Have a section on cyberbullying that advises on taking a whole-school approach to cyberbullying.
  • Department for Education Bullying Guidance: for headteachers and staff, and legal responsibilities with regard to bullying.
  • Stonewall: resources for schools such as lesson plans to help discuss issues around LGBT.
  • Talk Talk: feature a dedicated section full of teacher resources (including a HomeSafe challenge on how to keep kids safe).
  • Wisekids: advice and resources for schools and teachers on tackling cyberbullying.

Prevention & reporting zoftware & apps

  • FaceBook “Find Help”: This Facebook profile app enables kids to immediately report violations to Facebook officials. Also provides up-to-date phone numbers, links for reporting incidents, and connections to support organisations.
  • Block’em App (for Android): Allows kids to block unwanted calls and texts.
  • Stop!t: Empowers kids and bystanders to report cyberbullying and predation. A HELPit button enables kids to seek help 24/7, including from support networks. Kids and witnesses can capture and send evidence anonymously to adults. User-created reports can be instantly sent to school officials.

How to report cyberbullying

  • Childnet: Offers links to reporting advice for a number of sites, such as Tumblr and Youtube.
  • CEOP: The Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has a link to making an official CEOP report on cyberbullying or online predation

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