Are you a victim of cyber-bullying?

The information herewith gives general guidance. It should not be regarded or relied upon as a complete or authoritative statement of the law or treated as a substitute for specific legal advice concerning individual situations. For our full legal notice, please visit Help4LiPs homesite.

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Cyber bullying is defined as the use of ICT (information computer technology) to deliberately upset someone.  It is a particularly nasty and upsetting form of bullying and there are things you can do if you are a victim of this form of bullying.  The effects of cyber bullying can be serious; causing stress, a sense of isolation and at its worse can make you have suicidal thoughts.

Cyber bullying can take the form of malicious texts, Facebook messages, malicious e-mails from anonymous senders and photographs and video footage of you used inappropriately over social network sites.

If you are the victim of Cyber bullying through malicious texts and e-mails at work block the caller/sender and report the incident to your Manager or HR Department immediately. If your child is a victim of cyber-bullying and you think you may know who the perpetrator is contact your child’s school immediately, as they normally have an established anti-bullying policy.

Under no circumstances reply to any inappropriate messages and don’t forget to SAVE any emails/IMs/text messages or print out/take a screen shot of the content on the internet as evidence.  GET IN CONTACT WITH YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER to report the user and ask them to remove the content.  If you feel threatened or in fear of your life contact the Police IMMEDIATELY.

While there is no specific criminal offence called cyber bullying, these acts can be criminal offences under a range of different laws to include the Malicious Communications Act 1988, the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 and Public Order Act 1986.

Cyber-bullying is being taken very seriously by the Courts and Facebook were recently ordered to provide the identity of cyber bullies for more information

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2156365/Nicola-Brookes-victim-internet-trolls-wins-High-Court-backing-reveal-identities-targeted-her.html.

If you have been or are a victim of cyber bullying you can bring criminal charges and a claim for personal injuries against the perpetrator.

Affordable Law For You do not provide assistance in respect of criminal matters but do feel   very strongly about this matter and if you need to get in contact with a Criminal Firm of Lawyers because you wish to bring charges against anyone who has committed such an act against you, contact the Law Society and ask them for details of Criminal Solicitors in your area.

Deborah Aloba

Affordable Law For You Limited

The information herewith gives general guidance. It should not be regarded or relied upon as a complete or authoritative statement of the law or treated as a substitute for specific legal advice concerning individual situations. For our full legal notice, please visit Help4LiPs homesite.

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