Cyberbullying is when one person or a group of people try to threaten, tease or embarrass someone else by using technology, such as a mobile phone, camera, computer, gaming console, or the internet. Cyberbullying is just as harmful as bullying in the real world. If you see it happening, report it. Don't ignore it.
Are you a part of it?
Those who take part in online bullying often use a group of friends to target their victims by asking them to add a comment to a photo on a blog, or asking them to forward it onto another group of friends. Sometimes, these people don't even realise they're actually bullying someone.
The effects of cyberbullying
Even though cyberbullying cannot physically hurt you, it can still leave you feeling mentally vulnerable and very upset. You can also feel scared, lonely and stressed and that there's no way out. Escaping cyberbullying can be very difficult. Because anyone can get access to a mobile phone or the internet almost anywhere, it can be tough for those on the receiving end to avoid it, even in the safety of their own home.
Why do cyberbullies do it?
There's no simple answer for why some people choose to cause pain to others by bullying them. There are lots of possible reasons, but here are some common ones:
Some facts about Cyber Bullying:
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) offers help and advice on cyberbullying, and maintains the Thinkuknow website for young people about staying safe online.