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Cyber Bullying

Social media bullying blueStaffordshire Police are taking cyberbullying very seriously, and if you feel you are a victim, we seriously encourage you to report it.

When we receive a report of cyberbullying we have to look at what criminal offences have been committed, in respect of the behaviour carried out by the bully.

The following offences would be most likely;

The Law

Protection From Harassment Act

Under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 it is a criminal offence for a person to pursue a course of conduct which amounts to the harassment of another. This could include sending a person multiple abusive emails with the intention of causing alarm or distress. A person found guilty of this offence could receive up to six months imprisonment, a financial penalty or both.

The Malicious Communication Act

Any person who sends to another person a letter, electronic communication or article of any description which conveys a message which is indecent or grossly offensive or is a threat can be punished by up to two years in prison and/or a fine.

What Can You Do?

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 them directly as they have policies in place to remove inappropriate material and if necessary, the bully's account.

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.

Report it to your social media site: