Bullying is a serious problem that can lead to a loss in confidence, depression and at its worst even suicide. If you are being bullied or know someone who is, the most important thing to remember is not to suffer in silence. The good news is there are lots of free support services that would love to hear from you.
You can also check out some of our tips on the pages linked below.
ChildLine 0800 1111: get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards: www.childline.org.uk
Red Balloon supports young people who self-exclude or are isolated at school because of bullying or other trauma: www.redballoonlearner.org
Samaritans: available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts: www.samaritans.org
If the cyber bullying is happening at school, it’s important to tell a member of staff and ask them to investigate it.
e.g your mobile phone network or a social network site. Most service providers in the UK have special teams whose job it is to investigate complaints of harassment and abuse so make sure you let them know about what is happening on their service. Check out their website or give them a ring to find out more.
Police (for the UK)
If you feel that the cyber bullying is particularly serious for example continuous intimidation, threats, sexual abuse you should contact your local police as this type of cyber bullying activity can be a criminal offence under a range of different laws, including:
1. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997
2. The Malicious Communications Act 1988
3. Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003
4. Public Order Act 1986
5. The Defamation Acts of 1952 and 1996.