School bullying is marked by a number of traits: it is malicious and persistent and involves unequal positions of power (for example, a group bullying a single victim).
Cyber-bullying is a form of school bullying distinguished by the use of electronic means of communication: mobile phones, web cameras, Internet sites and so on.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF CYBER-BULLYING?
- Repetitive sending of threatening or nasty e-mails, text messages, posts etc.
- Dragging personal information out of someone and spreading it about against their will.
- Pretending to be someone else (hacking into their e-mail account, posting etc. under their name, sending e-mails and messages containing lies or insults etc.).
- Setting up websites etc. designed specifically to laugh at or mock someone or to create ill-feeling towards them.
- Cyber-bullying normally involves more than one person.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FALL VICTIM TO CYBER-BULLYING?
- Tell someone you trust about it – a brother or sister, a friend, your mum or dad, someone from your class etc.
- Tell your parents about it and discuss together what you should do next.
- Tell people working at your school (your teacher, the school psychologist, a social worker, the principal etc.) about any violence.
- Contact the online administrator for help.
- Call the Child Helpline 116 111 for help or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mails are answered within five working days). You can also use chat (www.lasteabi.ee).
- You can also contact web-police (https://www.politsei.ee/et/veebipolitseinikud).