Cyberbullying is a whole school community issue and staff may be victims of cyberbullying from pupils, parents, colleagues or other members of the school community.
A wide variety of behaviours can be considered cyberbullying, including:
- intimidation and threats.
- harassment and stalking.
- exclusion or peer rejection.
- unauthorised publication of personal information or images.
Cyberbullying may also constitute discrimination and hate crimes, such as:
- sexist bullying.
- racist and faith-targeted bullying.
- homophobic or biphobic bullying.
- transphobic bullying.
- bullying in relation to a disability.
There are a variety of technologies that may be used to cyberbully, including email, smartphones and a large variety of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, ASKfm, WhatsApp, Sarahah and YouTube. The NSPCC has guides to these and many other social media platforms.