As more and more people have mobile telephones and email addresses, the opportunity for someone to bully by sending nasty emails or texts, or by putting embarrassing photographs on the web, increases.
Cyber bullying is usually illegal and bullies can often be identified.
If you do receive a nasty telephone call, text message or email do not react, that is what the bully wants. Ignore it.
If the messages continue, keep a record of each contact and report it to your service provider. Telephone and internet companies take incidents of bullying seriously and can usually trace the culprit.
Tell a parent, teacher or friend. If this is happening at work report it to your manager or the Human Resources department as offensive emails should be against company policy.
Changing your mobile telephone number or email address will stop the messages immediately. Be careful who you give your new contact details to in the future.
If you need to talk to someone, please use our need to talk pages. Trained Befrienders are there to listen to your problems in a caring and non-judgemental way. You can speak to them anonymously and in complete confidence.
The following links provide further information and support about cyber-bullying. If you need help or support, please click on the link marked I need help.
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