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With the increase of social networking sites, online activity and messaging apps, cyber-bullying is on the increase. A survey by Ditch the Label, showed that 47% of young people who took the survey have received nasty profile comments and 62% have been sent nasty messages via smartphone apps.
Most apps and social networking sites have age limits – and these age limits are there for a reason. They also state that bullying, abuse, harassment, impersonation and identity theft will not be tolerated and are banned.
If someone you have met in a chat room or on a gaming site is asking you a lot of questions or asking to meet you, TELL an adult you trust immediately. You should always keep in mind that people who use the Internet can pretend to be anyone they like. They can lie about their age, their interests and whether they’re male or female. No matter how long you’ve been chatting, remember that they’re still strangers; you don’t really know them at all. There are a lot of people online who are not who they seem to be and their intentions are harmful.
Be careful when you chat online. It is very easy to give out personal information about ourselves without realising it. Before you send your message, have another look at it and make sure it is basic and doesn’t contain any details that may give someone an idea of who or where you are.
If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors. We currently do not have the ability to provide support face to face or via the telephone and can only provide an e-mentoring service to those affected by bullying.
If you would like a Mentor to email you, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111
For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.