Understand, prevent and respond to online bullying
Cyberbullying, or online bullying, can be defined as the use of technologies by an individual or by a group of people to deliberately and repeatedly upset someone else.
Research reveals it has increased to affect 12% of young people in this country.
Best practices and resources for schools
- Understand: Know how to define and recognise cyberbullying and the different forms it can take.
- Prevent: understand and talk about cyberbullying; integrate cyberbullying prevention into relevant policies and practices; ensure reporting routes are accessible and visible; promote the positive use of technology; and evaluate the impact of prevention activities
- Respond: The school should act as soon as an incident has been reported or identified. This will include providing appropriate support for the person who has been cyberbullied; stopping the incident from spreading and assist in removing material from circulation; and working with the person who has carried out the bullying to ensure that it does not happen again.