Bullying and Cyberbullying


 What is bullying and cyberbullying?

There is no legal definition of bullying but it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability. Bullying can happen anywhere and can take many forms including:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling
  • cyber bullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place online. Unlike bullying in the real world, online bullying can follow the child wherever they go, via social networks, gaming and mobile phone.

It can be devastating for a child or young person.

Contact the police If your safety is at risk do not hesitate to call 999. If you feel it is non-emergency you can still log incidents that have happened by calling 101. 

 The NSPCC defines bullying as behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. Bullying is usually repeated  and can hurt both physically and emotionally.

Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying.

If you are aged 19 or under – ChildLine offers free, confidential advice and support 24/7, on 0800 1111 or

If you are worried a child may be experiencing bullying, contact the NSPCC for help, advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or email

If the bullying is motivated by hostility on grounds of disability / mental health; race, ethnicity or nationality; religion or belief; sexual orientation or transgender identity; age; or gender it may be a hate crime.


Contact the police

If you or a child’s safety is at risk do not hesitate to call 999. If you feel it is non-emergency you can still log incidents that have happened by calling 101.




Staffordshire Victims Gateway

For advice and support call us on:
Tel: 0330 0881 339

Kidscape 0845 120 5204

Kidscape is an anti-bullying charity that runs a telephone advice line for parents and carers. It also runs assertiveness training courses for young people who’ve been bullied. There’s extensive information for parents and carers on its website

Bullying UK 0808 800 2222

For information on bullying & cyberbullying

Workplace Bullying

Site offers resources on workplace bullying, harassment, employment law and industrial stress

Ruby Girl 01782 683781

RubyGirl UK engages, energises and equips both teenage girls and young women to realise their value, reach their potential and revolutionise their world

Childnet 020 7639 6967

Work directly with children/young people from the ages of 3 to 18 as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals on internet safety.

Crime Prevention Information

It may be useful to you to have some advice on crime prevention to see what you can do to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here:

For more help and support on any of the above, please contact Staffordshire Victim Gateway.


Crime Prevention

7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.

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