As children head back to school across the UK Internet Matters have compiled an online safety guide with useful tips and advice on keeping your child safe online. One of the major issues the guide address is cyberbullying which is an increasingly common issue that can affect your child at school. In fact, there was an 87% increase in reports of cyberbullying between 2012 and 2013 according to an Ofcom report on the matter.
What is cyberbullying?Cyberbullying is when someone bullies others over the internet or on a mobile phone by sending abusive emails or texts directly or by posting nasty comments or humiliating images for others to see.
Like any form of bullying, cyberbullying can be horrible for the children involved and hard for them to talk about.
What are the most common forms of cyberbullying?
Sending mean, abusive or threatening text messages
Social network bullying
Posting cruel messages on sites like Facebook, or setting up a fake profile or group about someone Email or instant messaging bullying
Sending nasty or threatening emails or instant messages Sharing images Publishing or sharing photos, videos or webcam footage of someone without their permission
Saying mean, threatening or offensive things about others in online chatrooms
Interactive gaming bullying
Purposefully blocking, ignoring or excluding an individual from multi-player games
You can also download Internet Matters' complete guide to keeping your children safe online in order to help your kids understand the consequences of what they share and encourage them to be 'kind online' as they head back to school this autumn.