What is cy­ber­bul­ly­ing?

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.

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