Online bullying can be described as bullying using technology or online services or platforms, e.g. gaming, social media, messaging services, forums and chatrooms. Like most bullying behaviour, the actions are often repeated and are deliberately designed to cause distress or harm to the victim. The bullying can be carried out on a range of devices including mobile phones, tablets, games consoles, laptops and computers.
Online bullying can include:
How can I support my child who is being bullied?
As a parent or carer, you might well share the upset, hurt and anger that your child is feeling. It is important not to over-react in this situation.
It is important that:
What should I look out for?
Not all children will speak up if they are being bullied but there are signs and symptoms to watch out for if you think your child is a victim of bullying online. Many of these behaviours relate to bullying in general:
Where can I go for help?
There are a number of websites which offer advice to parents/carers with regards to online bullying.
Internetmatters.org have a section on protecting your child.
The NSPCC have an area on the website dedicated to parents/carers called 'keeping children safe'.
Childnet have an area for parents and carers on cyberbullying.
There is advice for parents and carers from a range of sources on Hwb.
You might like to take a look at the "Is your child being bullied?" leaflet.