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Advice on cyberbullying and online harassment from Warwickshire Police

Released on 18 October 2017 News

Stratford News

Warwickshire Police's Cyberbullying and On-line harassment campaign runs from the 16th-22nd October, and they are teaming up with a number of organisations - charities, celebrities, schools, local authorities and spokespeople - for a campaign against cyberbullying and online harassment.  

Cyberbullying and online harassment can have devastating consequences.

They also affect a large number of young people and their families each year.

From April 2016 to August 2017, 26% of the malicious communications offences dealt with by Warwickshire Police were cyber related. 27% of these involved a victim aged under 18, and 82% of suspects in these cases were also aged under 18.  

This campaign is to offer support and advice for young people worried about becoming victims of cyberbullying and online harassment.

For more information please visit: www.warwickshire.police.uk/becybersmart

 

For the information advice for adults click here.

For the information advice for young people click here

 

Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. It can be classed as a criminal offence but there is lots of help available to support you.

Tips to stay safe online 

Think before you post - when posting or commenting on the internet, consider what you say and what effect this may have. Never post comments that are abusive or may cause offence to others.

Keep personal information personal - do not say anything or publish pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment. Be aware of what friends post about you, or reply to your posts, particularly about your personal details and activities.

Make the most of privacy settings - keep your profiles closed, allowing access only to your chosen friends and family.

Report cyberbullying to internet service providers - lots of content on social media that is offensive or upsetting, is not necessarily a criminal offence. Cyberbullying often violates the terms and conditions established by social media sites and internet service providers. Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.

Social media help sections can show you how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you. You can get advice and support on using the following social media sites including the ability to report content to them.

If you believe that you are the victim of an offence, always keep a record of the content, by taking a screenshot, for example.

If you are worried that your child or a loved one might be the victim of cyber bullying here are some signs to look out for:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Withdrawal from family and spending a lot of time alone
  • Reluctance to let parents or other family members anywhere near their mobiles, laptops etc
  • Finding excuses to stay away from school or work including school refusal

For further signs and advice visit www.bullying.co.uk


Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-on-Avon, Warwichshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267 575

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