Bullying and Cyber Bullying
What is Bullying?
Bullying is a repeated verbal, physical, or social behaviour directed towards another person by one or more individuals over time. Typically this involves one person or a group of people exerting their power over others who are less powerful. For example, the bully may be stronger, have others to “back them up” or they may be socially manipulative.
Bullying takes many forms and can occur face-to-face or online such as verbal and/or physical abuse, deliberate cyber-stalking or sending hate email. It can also be less obvious, such as deliberately excluding others or spreading rumours. Cyber bullying is a form of bullying that uses technology such as text messages, email, and social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram or YouTube to carry out the behaviour.
This factsheet from Headspace gives some great advice on ways to spot bullying and ways support young people
Signs of online abuse with children
A young person experiencing abuse online might:
- Spend a lot more or a lot less time than usual online, texting, gaming or using social media.
- Seem distant, upset or angry after using the internet or texting.
- Be secretive about who they’re talking to and what they’re doing online or on their mobile phone.
- Have lots of new phone numbers, texts or email addresses on their mobile phone, laptop or tablet.
Cyberbullying and online harassment
Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. They can be classed as criminal offences but there is a lot of help available to support you.
Have a read of this leaflet that will give you some top tips to staying safe online, details of where you can report cyber bullying and advice for parents on how to protect your children online.
Getting the settings right!
Privacy settings on social media can sometimes be tricky! You could be sharing information that you don’t want to. This guide gives some pointers on getting the right settings and some really good links to other support services if you or a friend is being cyber bullied.