Cyberbullying is defined as the use of the internet, or any other electronic devices, to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner.
Cyberbullying is defined in legal glossaries as
- actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm another or others.
- use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person
- use of internet service and mobile technologies such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging or SMS text messaging with the intention of harming another person.
With the increase in the use of computers, tablets and smartphones, cyberbullying has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. However cyberbullying is not just limited to teenagers and, whilst the behavior is known by the same definition when practiced by adults, the differnece in ages at times refers to the abuse as cyberstalking or cyberharassment when being carried out by adults toward adults.
Dealing with children is a sensitive area and for legal reasons the Cyber Investigation Unit will not deal directly with children. However we can assist parents and guardians by collecting evidence which can help secure a quicker conviction and taking steps to discover the person or persons behind the abuse. We are also able to assist in the issuing of “Cease and desist” letters, which are successful in most cases where the aim is to just get the harassment to stop.
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