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Cyber bullying and cyber stalking

Cyber bullying is any form of bullying that takes place online.  It happens a lot on the internet, particularly on social media sites.

Often the bully is known to the victim, but it is also easy for offenders to hide behind anonymous accounts.  Many may not even think what they are doing is wrong.

Cyber bullying can take many forms:

  • sending offensive, rude and insulting message and being abusive
  • spreading rumours and gossip
  • making personal threats
  • sharing photos (or altering photos) to ridicule someone
  • impersonating someone (by hacking into an account or creating a new account) to post vicious or embarrassing material
  • blackmailing and grooming

Cyber bullying can happen to anyone, including adults, and can leave a victim feeling embarrassed, humiliated, angry or depressed.  It could even lead victims to self-harm or commit suicide.

Reduce the risks of becoming a victim:

  • Don’t post any personal information about yourself
  • Don’t reply to any nasty messages
  • Review your privacy settings on your accounts.
  • Block or remove someone from your friends/followers list
  • Don’t upload anything that might embarrass you at a later date
  • Switch off your location settings
  • Report - Most social networks will allow you to report offensive material. After taking a screenshot, you should report it to the service provider

Report it

If you have been a victim of fraud, and there isn't immediate danger, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Action Fraud is the UK's first national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, which takes crime reports from victims and provides a crime reference number.

Action Fraud provides a single place for victims of fraud and cyber crime to report to, or get advice on protecting themselves. For more advice, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

20 Feb 19 1:08 PM

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