What is cyberbullying?
CYBER-BULLYING is an unfortunate by-product of more youngsters spending time on the internet.
It takes many forms, from direct messaging to setting up cruel hate groups on public websites.
There are no age restrictions to setting up a Twitter handle, but Facebook only accepts registrations from people who are over 13 years old.
Cyber-bullying has been so extreme for some youngsters that they have been forced to change schools or, in the most extreme cases, has contributed to them deciding to commit suicide.
A UK Government spokesman said: “Although cyberbul- lying cannot physically hurt you, it can still leave you feeling mentally vulnerable and very upset.
“You can also feel scared, lonely and stressed and that there’s no way out.
“It is just as harmful as bullying in the real world. If you see it happening, report it. Don’t ignore it.”
In 2009, a Facebook group was set up to say its members hoped a 13-year-old pupil from Arthur Mellows Village College “hope she would die already”.
The police questioned the girl behind the group but chose not to pursue the matter any further.
For information on cyber-bullying visit www.direct.gov.uk.