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