How to tackle cyberbullying

It's not only children who suffer cyberbullying, although they are the most vulnerable group. People of all ages can find themselves the would-be victims of cyberbullies, and it can even happen in Glossop. Learn about cyberbullying and how to tackle it in a series of articles in the Glossop Gazette.


The US Legal Definition of cyberbullying is "could be limited to posting rumors or gossips about a person in the internet bringing about hatred in other’s minds; or it may go to the extent of personally identifying victims and publishing materials severely defaming and humiliating them. In the UK a number of different laws apply:

  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • Malicious Communications Act 1988
  • Communications Act 2003
  • Defamation Act 2013

In 2012 the Crown Prosecution Service issued guidelines to explain how cases of cyberbullying will be assessed under the current legislation.

Not all cyberbullying is illegal, but if you suspect that it is you should contact the police for advice. In many cases the problem can be combated without recourse to the law.

Coming soon:

The most hated man in Glossop? A lifelong Glossopian recounts his unpleasant Facebook experience.

Confronting cyberbullies. Cyberbullies want to be happy, just like you. You do not have to interact with cyberbullies at all if you don't want to, but sometimes talking to cyberbullies is enough to make them desist.

Tolerating cyberbullying. Don't be surprised if some people prefer to ignore cyberbullying, even when it's happening to you. Cyberbullies often depend on an appreciative audience, or one that turns a blind eye, and are likely to turn on critics. They prosper in an environment of tolerance. Stamping out cyberbullying requires everybody to take a zero tolerance attitude to the problem.

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