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Online Safety & Security

In this section we will look at Online Security, Online Safety, Radicalisation and Extremism

Cyberbullying and You

Innocent bystander?

There is no such thing as an innocent bystander and if you have seen someone being bullied online, you can report it to a member of staff at the college or directly to the online site or app.

Ignoring it may feel like the easiest thing to do but the person who is being subjected to that bullying may need your help and support to get it stopped. Most sites now have a report button which is something you can do and this will send the bullying comments to the site for investigation.

Being bullied online can affect someone enormously. Being bullied can impact on a person’s self-esteem, confidence and social skills. People affected by this type of bullying, in some cases have felt the need to leave school, work and social networks to escape bullying. Try to consider the impact your words may have and think twice before posting.

Think twice before you post anything online because once it’s out there you can’t take it back. It is easy for any comments or posts you make online to be taken out of context and these could be damaging to you in the long term.

There is no legal definition of cyberbullying in U.K. law. However there are a number of existing laws that can be applied to cases of cyberbullying and online harassment.

  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • Malicious Communications Act 1988
  • Communications Act 2003
  • Breach of the Peace (Scotland)
  • Defamation Act 2013
  • The Defamation Act 2013 came into effect on January 1st 2014.