Cyberbullying and Online Harassment​

Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. Below is an overview of what online bullying is, how you can avoid it and where you go for advice.​​

What is Cyberbullying and Online Harassment?

Making comments or posts online that are deliberately abusive, offensive, threatening, or inflammatory.

Liking and sharing this kind of abuse can also count as bullying and harassment.

Online bullies and harassers use all sorts of platforms, including social media (like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram), forums, gaming sites, comments sections, mobile phone chat groups and more.

There’s a very detailed definition of cyberbullying at:

How you can stay safer online

Think before you post: when posting or commenting online, consider what you say and what impact it may have. Never post comments that are abusive, threatening or are likely to cause offence to others.

Keep personal information personal: do not say anything or publish pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment. Be aware of what friends post about you, or how they reply to your posts – particularly about your personal details and activities.

Make the most of privacy settings: keep your profiles closed, allowing access only to your chosen friends and family.

Facebook and Instagram

Would you spot the signs?

⚠️Don’t let online child exploitation go unnoticed.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep children and young people safe.

To help you spot the signs and how to talk about online safety visit

Talk little, talk often, #AskTheAwkward

Spot the signs #GetSafe


⚠️Don’t let online child exploitation go unnoticed. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep children and young people safe.

For more information on online safety visit

Talk little, talk often, #AskTheAwkward

Spot the signs #GetSafe

Child Exploitation and Online Protection: CEOP

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?

Report cyberbullying to internet service providers: lots of content online is offensive or upsetting. It’s not always a criminal offence, but it often violates the terms and conditions established by social media sites and internet service providers. Service providers are often keen to take action against users who abuse their terms of service.

If you believe that you are the victim of online bullying, keep a record of the content (for example, take a screenshot). You can use this to support your report to the service provider and, if necessary, the police.​

NSPCC: Online Safety

Together we can make sure it’s safe for every child to go online. We’re here to support parents with online safety advice, and we’re here for children – to protect them and help them recover from abuse.

The following link will provide some useful resources if you have concerns about your child’s safety online.

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