1.3 FORMS THAT CYBERBULLYING CAN TAKE
1.3.1Cyberbullying takes different forms, some of which are harder to detect or less obviously associated with bullying than others. Schools should already have policies and practices in place for dealing with some of these.
Threats and intimidation
1.3.2Serious threats can be sent to both staff and pupils by mobile phone, email, via comments on websites, social networking sites or message boards.
Harassment or stalking
1.3.3Repeated, prolonged, unwanted texting, whether it is explicitly offensive or not, is a form of harassment. Online stalking (sometimes referred to as ‘cyberstalking’), where a person’s online activities are constantly monitored, can cause psychological harm and fear. Previously safe and enjoyable environments can be experienced as threatening, and online activity may become a source of anxiety.