Cyberbullying – the hidden hurt
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to bully a person or group with the intent to hurt them socially, psychologically or even physically.
I think my child is being bullied
Your child may not tell you if they are experiencing bullying behaviour online because of a fear it might make things worse for them or they may lose access to their devices and the internet.
Signs to watch for:
being upset after using the internet or their mobile phone
changes in personality, becoming more withdrawn, anxious, sad or angry
appearing more lonely or distressed
unexpected changes in friendship groups
a decline in their school work
changes in their sleep patterns
avoidance of school or clubs
a decline in their physical health
becoming secretive about their online activities and mobile phone use
What does cyberbullying look like?
Examples of cyberbullying include:
abusive texts and emails
hurtful messages, images or videos
imitating, excluding or humiliating others online
spreading nasty online gossip and chat
creating fake accounts in someone’s name to trick or humiliate them