Bullying is not something that only happens in the real world any more. In the past, bullying may have occurred at school, in the playground or at a youth club, now it can happen on mobile phones, over email, in chat-rooms, on social networks and other websites. Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Cyberbullying is when one or more people try to tease, harass, threaten or embarrass another person using technology such as mobile phones or the Internet.

Children and young people can fall victim to cyberbullying, but they can also become the bully, or be drawn into cyberbullying without even realising it.

Even though cyberbullying cannot physically hurt someone – the effects can be devastating. Due to its 24/7 nature, escaping from it can be hard and victims can be left feeling very isolated, lonely, distressed, scared and vulnerable.


  • Talk to your child about responsible online behaviour

  • Remind them that once a message is sent or a comment is posted online you cannot take it back.

  • Let them know that if something bothers them, makes them feel upset, sad or scared they can talk to you about it.

The ISPCC have created a campaign to tackle bullying through their ISPCC Shield Campaign. Children can reach out and get support through the ISPCC.

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Are you being Cyberbullied?


Here are some TIPS:

  • Sign off the computer or switch off your phone. It’s best to ignore attacks and walk away from the cyberbully.

  • Don’t respond or retaliate. If you’re angry and reply, then you might say nasty things. Cyberbullies often just want to get a reaction out of you, so don’t let them know that their plan has worked.

  • Block the bully. If you get mean messages through IM or a social networking site, take the person off your buddy or friends list. You can also delete messages from bullies without reading them.

  • Let them know that if something bothers them, makes them feel upset, sad or scared they can talk to you about it.

  • Save and print out bullying messages. If the harassment continues, save the evidence. This could be important proof to show parents or teachers if the bullying doesn’t stop.

  • Talk to a friend. When someone makes you feel bad, sometimes it can help to talk the situation over with a friend.

  • Tell a trusted adult. A trusted adult is someone you believe will listen and who has the skills, desire, and authority to help you. Telling someone who fits that descriptions what’s going on isn’t tattling — it’s standing up for yourself. And even if the bullying occurs at home, your school probably has rules against it.