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Cyberbullying happens when someone uses technology to deliberately upset someone else. 

It is likely to involve mobile phones (calls or text messages) or devices connected to the internet (Smartphones, Tablets, Laptop and Desktop Computers). Cyberbullying can take place across a range of services, including Social Media, Chatrooms, Skype and other messaging software, apps and services.

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It can happen any time of day and occur on a large scale and speed, due to the nature of the technology.

Bullies often feel anonymous and 'distanced' from the incident when it takes place online and 'bystanders' can easily become perpetrators by forwarding or not reporting cyberbullying.

There is not a specific law which makes cyberbullying illegal but it can be considered a criminal offence under several different acts including Protection from Harassment Act (1997), Malicious Communications Act (1988), Communications Act (2003) Obscene Publications Act (1959) and Computer Misuse Act (1990).

If you're being bullied online/by text

  • Save the messages/material

  • Tell an adult or report it online

  • Do not retaliate or reply. If possible, block the person. 

If you see bullying online/by text

  • Report it to a parent, trusted adult or teacher.

  • Support the victim - imagine how you would feel if you were being bullied. 

Advice for parents, carers and teachers

  • Your child is just as likely to be a bully as they are to be a target. Watch out for uncharacteristic behaviour (your child being upset or secretive, using the phone/internet more than usual, changing friendship group.)

  • Remind your child not to retaliate and keep any evidence

  • Report the bullying – contact the school if the bullying involves another pupil and contact your service provider to report the user and remove the content. If the bullying is more serious and a potential criminal offence, consider contacting Northumbria Police on 101.

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