Cyber bullying is bullying or harassment which involves the use of technology to harass or embarrass someone, or to threaten to hurt someone physically.
Cyber bullying can take the form of abusive or threatening text messages, emails and messages sent using social networking sites.
Spreading rumours about someone using technology is another form of cyber bullying. Setting up web pages with the intention of excluding people, or to ‘slag off’ other pages is also cyber bullying, as well as setting up fake identities to pretend to be friends with someone, or hacking someone’s online accounts.
Cyber bullying can become cyber stalking. This involves someone repeatedly sending harassing messages to the victim.
Did you know that social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all ban cyber bullying? Or that cyber bullying can be illegal? If you have been bullied online, have seen bullying online or are worried that you may have bullied someone else online and you don’t know what to do next, you can get free, confidential legal advice from Lawmail.
Below the Belt is a free Android phone app with information about laws on sexting, sex and consent and cyberbullying.
Victoria Lega Aid have developed Below the Belt as an easy way to find and share information, or get help if you need it.
To find out when sending or posting images is illegal, or to find out how the law can protect you from cyber-bullying, check out the following fact sheet: