Online bullying or "cyber bullying" is the use of electronic media, especially a mobile phone, tablet or home computer to intimidate, threaten or upset someone. Cyber bullying, like bullying in schools, the street or at home causes the recipient misery and upset.
Research suggests that cyber bullying is most common among teenagers - with at least one in five having been a victim of it.
- Texting, posting or emailing anything that deliberately offends someone is cyber bullying - think before you post / tweet / press send.
- Cyber bullying can take place on social media, via mobile phones and tablets through apps and texts - and in online games.
- If you are a victim of cyber bullying take screen shots of the posts and talk to someone you trust.
- Cyber bullying should be reported to the police on 101 or online: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/ClickB4UCall
- If cyber bullying occurs through a social networking site / app report incidents to the site / app in question.
- If you or your child is a victim of cyberbullying encourage them to block or delete the bully and report it to the website in question.
- There is lots of help and support online if you are a victim of cyber bullying. Please see links below.
- West Yorkshire Police Online Safety Guides
- Get Safe Online Cyber Bullying Pages
- Childline Cyber Bullying Pages
- NHS - Coping with Cyber Bullying
Page last reviewed April 2023