Bullying and online safety

Bullying affects lots of people and can happen anywhere: at school, travelling to and from school, in sporting teams, in friendships or in family groups.

There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

Bullying can take many forms including:

  • physical assault
  • social bullying
  • threatening behaviour
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying

Bullying UK provides a 24 hour confidential helpline and website providing help and advice on all forms of bullying.

Kidscape: Providing children, families, carers and professionals with advice and information to keep children safe.

Online safety texting and messaging advice

Get advice and guidance to stay safe online when messaging and when sharing your private information.