Cyber bullying is any form of bullying that takes place online. This could be blackmail/threats, abusive comments, spreading rumours, sharing embarrassing pictures or creating fake profiles on social networking sites.
- Cyber crime includes crimes such as fraud, harassment or grooming that is committed online
- Cyber crime also includes crimes against your computer or device such as contaminating or corrupting it with viruses or taking-over your social media profile, email account or your website
- What is illegal offline is illegal online
- If you are a victim of cyber bullying through social media, we recommend that the first step you take is to report the post/comment etc. to the social media site itself
- Action Fraud is the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and the central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. If you have been a victim of fraud, you should contact Action Fraud online or call 0300 123 2040
- You can also report potential scam messages or instances of malware, such as a computer virus, where no money has been lost to Action Fraud.
Though there is no specific offence of cyber bullying, you could be found guilty under an existing offence. For example, sending someone threatening or abusive messages can lead to an offence of harassment. Posting sexual photographs of someone without their consent could be a criminal offence under the Revenge Porn law.
Threatening Behaviour Online
Communications sent via social media are capable of amounting to criminal offences. A threat to kill is an offence and is a serious Police matter.
Help is at Hand
Victims of cyber bullying may be unaware as to what help is available to them. If the bullying is taking place on a social networking site (Facebook, Twitter etc) you should contact the site directly as they have policies in place to remove inappropriate material and if necessary, the bully's account.
Report it to your social media site:
If you are a child or young person then contact ChildLine for more help and guidance.
If you believe this behaviour amounts to a criminal offence; we would suggest that you contact your local policing team via the non-emergency 101 number and report the matter.
How your report of cyber crime is dealt with depends on the individual circumstances. Gwent Police will assess the cyber crime report and determine the response, taking into account the vulnerability of the person and circumstances
Gwent Police will identify if there are lines of investigation related to the crime. For example, you may know the person responsible for the crime, or the offender may be at your property or business.