If someone targets you online by saying mean things, trolling, spreading rumours or excluding you, this counts as bullying (or 'cyberbullying'). Bullying can happen on social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook or Roblox. Online bullying might also occur alongside abuse in your school or workplace, by your peers, boss or colleagues.
If you have experienced any of the above, you may be asking yourself question such as: What can I do if someone is bullying me online? How do I report online bullying? And, is cyberbullying against the law? Don’t panic! We're here to provide answers to these questions.
Firstly, if you are currently being bullied, there are places you can go for help and support. Bullying is not tolerated on social networking sites and can be reported directly to these platforms. You may also find the advice on this link helpful if you are being accused of bullying.
In the UK there is no specific legislation around cyberbullying. Certain types of cyberbullying could, however, fall under harassment or hate speech. Harassment and hate speech are considered criminal and are against the law. You should report harassment or hate speech to the police on 101.
Find out how to report bullying to commonly used social networking sites below: