Bullying is purposeful, repeated behaviour designed to cause physical and emotional distress. Cyberbullying (or online bullying) is bullying using technologies, particularly over the internet or via mobile and gaming networks.
Cyberbullying is the use of technologies by an individual or by a group of people to deliberately and repeatedly upset someone else.
• Technology can be used to carry out a wide range of unacceptable or illegal behaviours. Cyberbullying can include:
‒ intimidation and threats
‒ harassment and stalking
‒ exclusion or peer rejection
‒ unauthorised publication of personal information or images
• Cyberbullying can be an extension of face-to-facebullying, with technology providing an additional route to harass an individual or group.
• Cyberbullying can be a way for someone being bulliedface-to-face to retaliate.
• Cyberbullying can be carried out by individuals or groups who are known to the person being bullied.
• There are also cases where individuals have been cyberbullied by people or groups they have never met.
• Any member of the school community – pupil, staffmember, parent or carer – can be involved in and beaffected by cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can take place between pupils; between pupils and staff; betweenparents and carers and pupils; between parents andcarers and staff; and between staff members.
• Schools and other educational providers must work with the whole school community to understand, prevent and respond to bullying behaviour, including cyberbullying.