To get a good idea of how cyberbullying effects people, watch the video on this page.
For the person being bullied
It causes a lot of pain and upset. It also maks people feel
- Like everyone is against them
- Like there is no escape
- Isolated and alone
- Helpless, angry and frustrated they can’t stop it
- Betrayed (when it is “friends” behind it)
- It can lead to depression
- It sometimes leads young people to commit suicide as they think there is no other way out (there is always another way - click here)
For the people doing the bullying
- The consequences can be serious
- The police are likely to be involved because - "Repeated harassment or intimidation, for example name calling, threats and abusive phone calls, emails or text messages" are illegal and should be reported to the police - taken from www.gov.uk/bullying-at-school.
- Schools takes a very strict approach to cyberbullying and you can expect detentions, after school sanctions, isolations and for repeat offenders fixed term exclusions are possible.
- If you are a bit older and have a job, cyberbullying can easily lead to you being "fired", even if the person yoiu are bullying does not work at the same place. Companies often have rules about you not doing anything that could damage their repuation.
Film about Cyberbullying