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Cyberbullying is the use of technology, such as mobiles and the internet, to bully other people. Coping with it can be difficult because it can happen at any time of the day.
Scroll down for advice on how to respond to cyberbullying.
Scroll down to find out how to avoid being cyberbullied.
Even if you’re not the one who started the bullying, you become part of it when you laugh at a message that could be hurtful or threatening to someone else, or forward it on.
Sometimes, people join in with cyberbullying without realising. For example, someone might email a friend and say something negative about another friend without expecting the content of the message to be shared with anyone else. However, if the email is forwarded to other people, that is cyberbullying.
Don't let yourself get dragged into cyberbullying. Think about the impact of what you say in text messages, chat rooms and emails. Could your words be used to hurt someone else, or could they be turned against you?
In some cases, cyberbullying can be a criminal offence. For example, it could be treated as a form of harassment or threatening behaviour.
The best way to avoid being cyberbullied is to use the internet and mobile phones carefully.
Useful websites for information and help
Cybermentors is run by young people for young people. If you're being cyberbullied or bullied in any other way, you can log on to the site and chat to a cybermentor. He or she will help you work out what to do next.
These pages for young people contain detailed information about different forms of cyberbullying, with tips on how to deal with it.
Chatdanger contains safety advice on mobiles, chatrooms, email, online games and instant messaging.
Digizen focuses on responsible use of the internet. Its section on cyberbullying includes a short film called Let’s fight it together, about the way a boy who is being cyberbullied deals with the situation.
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