Nasty or humiliating comments on posts, photos and in chat rooms. Denigration – This is when someone may send information about another person that is fake, damaging and untrue.Sharing photos of someone for the purpose to ridicule, spreading fake rumours and gossip. We even hear about people altering photos of others and posting in online for the purpose of bullying.
In our recent national bullying survey, 56% of young people said they have seen others be bullied online and 42% have felt unsafe online.
Cyber bullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it can go viral very fast.
The worst thing about social networking sites and messaging apps is that anything nasty posted about you can be seen by lots of people and these posts can go viral very fast and be shared by so many people within minutes in some cases.
From what we have heard from people who have been bullied online, the most vicious gossip and rumours are often spread by people who were once your best friends so it's best to keep secrets and personal information to yourself.
Exclusion – This is when others intentionally leave someone out of a group such as group messages, online apps, gaming sites and other online engagement.
This is also a form of social bullying and a very common.
CEOP is The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and they investigate cases of sexual abuse and grooming on the internet.
You can report incidents by clicking the red button on the top right hand corner of the CEOP website.
It's tempting to have a go back if someone makes a rude posting on your online space, social network or app but don't.
This is called flaming and it just makes the problem worse.
Only tell people things if it wouldn't embarrass you if other people found out about them.