"Cyberbullying" is when someone has been tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another person using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.


It is important to recognise that cyberbullying is a form of bullying, and as such schools should already be equipped to deal with the majority of cyberbullying cases through their existing anti-bullying and behaviour policies and procedures.


If you are experiencing any sort of cyberbullying you should tell your teacher!


Schools should keep a record of any types of abuse: particularly the date and time and the content of the abuse. Any evidence of abuse should be preserved e.g. if abuse is in the form of a text message then it must be saved. Threatening or abusive mails from an internal/external source can be dealt with in the same way as abusive e-mails. Incidents should be dealt with internally using the schools disciplinary procedures.


For more advice and guidance on cyberbullying please see the Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children's Board.

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