The definition of cyber-bullying is “when the Internet, mobile phones or any other type of digital technology are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person”. Cyber-bullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, but it may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech), ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation.

Cyber-bullies may disclose victims’ personal data (e.g. real name, address, or workplace/schools) at websites or forums or may pose as the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them. Some cyber-bullies may also send threatening and harassing emails and instant messages to the victims, while other post rumours or gossip and instigate others to dislike and gang up on the target.

What do I do if I feel I’m being bullied or harassed?

What if I didn’t want to get involved?

Sometimes it is very hard to report a bully because you fear the consequences and we understand this. However, the alternative is not to report what is happening and run the risk that it will get worse. Where possible the College will deal with incidents of bullying as confidentially as possible. Although it can’t be promised that specific reference to any incident will not be referred to in an investigation, the College will guarantee to do everything to make sure there are no repercussions for you.

Our advice in these matters is
– don’t let the bullies get away with it.

Incidents of harassment at the College are not common and generally speaking students get along with one another. You have your part to play in making sure it stays like this. Remember – if you think you are being harassed – or you see somebody being harassed – let your Personal Tutor know. If you can’t, then make sure you tell a member of staff.