Bullying behind a keyboard is still bullying
Cyber-bullying is when bullies use the internet to bully people. Bullies harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person by using the internet, mobile phones or other internet devices.
Cyber-bullying can take a number of forms, such as posting hurtful images, making online threats, or sending hurtful emails or texts.
Cyber-bullying is a growing issue, and can be particularly profound as bullies will often say things online they would not have the courage to say face-to-face.
More than half of 12-15-year-olds in the UK have faced some form of bullying, including cyber bullying, over the last year.
Research by the National Centre for Social Research found 47 per cent of young people reported being bullied at the age of 14. The same study showed girls are more likely to be bullied than boys in the same age group.
Signs a child is getting cyber-bullied include unexpectedly stopping using the computer, not always having their phone with them and attempting to stay away from the internet, social media and mobile phone.
They may start getting jumpy whenever they get unexpected text messages, emails or instant messages and not want to go into school. The victim may get angry or depressed after using the computer, or not like talking about what they have been doing on the computer.
Cyber-bullying is particularly harmful as it can get at someone 24/7, unlike other forms of bullying.
Please see the following video, aimed at secondary age children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S03Br1dwJR8
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