Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying advice and guidance for children and young people.

Cyber bullying is increasing and because it is not face to face it can be harder to detect the bully.
  • Bullying is wrong. No one deserves to be bullied
  • Do not ignore the bullying. Tell someone such as your parent/carer, teacher, youth worker.

Text/video messaging 

  • Turn off incoming sms for a couple of days. Visit
  • Change your number - ask your mobile provider.
  • Don't reply to abusive or worrying text or video message. 
  • Report it to your phone provider.
  • Don't delete messages. Keep them for evidence.
  • If annoying tell someone you trust.
  • If threatening or malicious report them to the police.

Phone calls

  • Don't hang up. Put the phone down and walk away for five minutes.
  • Tell someone.
  • Use 1471 to try and trace the number.
  • Answer the phone only with "hello". Don't give out your number if asked.
  • Keep your phone with you or in a safe place.
  • Use voicemail/answer phone to vet your calls.
  • Get an adult to record your greeting.
  • Most calls can be traced. Contact your operator. 

Useful Numbers

  • Bt freephone 0800 666 700 recorded advice
  • 150 personal advice
  • 0900 661 441 (office hours) tracing/changing number
  • O2 customer services 0870 5214 000
  • Vodaphone
  • Tesco mobile text 'bully' to 60000
Keep a note of times, dates and any information and report to the police if the harassment persists.


  • Never reply to unpleasant or unwanted emails.
  • Keep the emails as evidence.
  • Tell and adult.
  • To find out where the email comes from, click the right mouse button over an email to see details of the sender.
  • Get your parent/carer to contact the sender's internet service provider (isp) by writing abuse@ and then the host e.g.
  • Never reply to someone you do not know. Replying confirms your email address.

Web bullying 

  • If the bullying is on a school website tell a teacher or your parent/carer.
  • Copy and print the page for evidence.
  • Contact the internet service provider (see emails).

Chat room and instant messaging

  • Never give out your name, address, phone number, school name, clubs you attend or password online.
  • Use a nickname.
  • Don't give out a photo of yourself.
  • Don't accept emails or open files from anyone you do not know.
  • Remember it might not just be people around your own age in a chat room.
  • Stick to public areas in a chat room and leave if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Tell your parents or carers if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Think carefully about what you write - do not leave yourself open to bullying.

Remember: don't be a bystander

If you know someone is being bullied by any means tell an adult, put a note in the worry box.

Further guidance and support from:

Bullying online -

Childnet international - (leaflets in other languages)

Cyberbullying -

Don't suffer in silence -


Netalert -

Virtual global taskforce (police) -

Wired safety -

Final Thoughts

The law is on your side:
  • The protection from harassment act 1988
  • The malicious communications act 1988
  • The telecommunications act (section 43)

People may be fined or sent to prison for up to six months. The police will and do prosecute.
Broughton Admin,
14 Feb 2013, 02:52
Broughton Admin,
14 Feb 2013, 02:51