Bullying & Cyberbullying


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 cyber-bullying. 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, this may be seen as a hate crime 


Cyberbullying is bullying Online. Unlike Bullying that happens in the real world, such as in school or with friends, cyber bullying can follow you wherever you go, especially if you’re on social networks, playing on game consoles  or your mobile phone. 

Cyberbullying can include:

  •  Excluding you from friendship groups
  • Sending you threatening and abusive text messages or images
  • Sharing and creating embarrassing images or videos of you
  • Pressurising you into sending sexual images or encouraging you to engage in sexual conversations

For more information, click on any one of these links

Bullying UK
Staffordshire Police

 If you are being bullied, and you don’t have anyone you can turn to, you can contact us on 0330 0881 339. This number will take you through to our Telephone triage team, where we will listen and talk you through what support we can offer you.  Alternatively, you can contact us via email on help@staffsvictimgateway.org.uk, or click on the Contact Victim Gateway Link. Please remember, you are not alone.