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Did you know?

Other names for cyber crime include: spam, virus software, spyware, cyber bullying, cyber stalking, prank calls, sexting.
In 2014 an estimated 5.43 million young people in the UK have experienced cyber bullying, with 1.26 million subjected to extreme cyber bullying on a daily basis.

81% of young people believe it is easier to bully online than in person.

65% of children often go online without any parental supervision.

Almost 40% of young people spend four hours or more online every day.

53% of children go online in their own room.

Ask Ed

My friend is being bullied online what should I do?

Tell someone. No one has the right to make anyone feel frightened and it can be awful when someone has posted a nasty message or photo and your friend does not know how many people have seen it.

Give your friend support and tell an adult you trust, like a parent or teacher.

If you see or read something online that you don’t feel comfortable with, don’t forward it or make comments online about it as this is cyber-crime too. Always respect other people and be aware of what you’re sending and receiving while you’re online.

What should I do if I get upsetting emails or texts?

It can be really upsetting to receive a nasty email, text or message online and the natural reaction is to want to delete it, but it is important that you keep a copy of the message and make a note of the date and time it was sent.

Keeping a record will be very useful when you come to report the bullying.

Remember: never reply to any abusive messages as this will encourage the bullies and end up upsetting you even more.

I have made a new friend online who wants to meet me, is this ok?

Never meet up with someone you have met online on your own. Always tell an adult if someone wants to meet you and take them with you. When you chat to someone online remember they may not be who they say they are. Some adults may pretend to be children and try to persuade you to meet them.

How is cyber bullying different to normal bullying?

Cyber bullying is an electronic way of bullying and happens online or on your phone. It can happen anywhere, not just at school, and can happen at any time of the day or night and you can feel as though there is no escape.

What's happy slapping?

Happy slapping is when you attack someone and you or your friends film it, e.g. hitting them and recording it on your phone. You don’t have to hit someone to be guilty of happy slapping. Filming it could get you up to two years in prison.

What's sexting?

Sexting is when someone sends or receives a message, photo or video of someone naked, or showing a part of their body or doing something rude.

People might try to get you to send a photo or video of yourself like this and promise not to show anyone but what’s to stop them in the future?

It only takes them sending it on to one other person for it to spread and more copies to be made. So beware! Once it’s out there, it’s out there forever!


Where can I go to get help, advice and support?

If you can, talk to someone you trust like a parent, carer, teacher or another adult.

The CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website has lots of info, videos and advice. Check it out here.

If you need to talk to someone in confidence – go to the NSPCC’s site, or call Childline on 0800 1111.

You can also speak to the Samaritans. The Samaritans provides confidential emotional support for people who are in emotional distress including those who have suicidal thoughts. If you are worried, feel upset or confused and just want to talk you can email the Samaritans. Email

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