Cyber Awareness

Online Bullying

Cyberbullying occurs when the bully targets its victim through electronic methods or devices. Children become easy victims of cyberbullying due to their limited understanding of cyber threats. The difference between teasing and bullying is very subtle. Teasing happens among friends and they tolerate each other. But bullying is an offence,even if it is done anonymously. It could happen over text, video or photo posted on social media or websites. A bully intends to harm the victim and targets the victim constantly or periodically.

    The online bullies could be a stranger or someone you know. A bully will:
  • Send you mean texts and messages

  • Constantly insult you in online platforms

  • Posting or sharing videos and photos which are embarrassing

  • Creating a fake identity to mock the person (by showing the chats to people)

  • Send you threatening messages

  • Other ways cyber bullies bully through online platforms are:
  • The bully pretends to be the victim’s friend and then posts their conversation screenshots and personal pictures.

  • The bully will somehow get access to the victim’s social media accounts and post unwanted posts for everyone to see, they even send inappropriate messages, photos or videos to the people in the victim’s social media handle. This sort of bullying ruins their digital reputation.

  • The bully pretends to be someone else and befriends the victim. The bully then gathers all the information of the victim and later uses it to mentally harass them.

  • The bully upsets the victim on the internet by posting unwanted or outrageous posts in the social media space. This sometimes provokes the victim to take harsh actions like lashing out on the internet or, when they see the bully in real life.

  • The bully tricks the victim into believing that he is a friend and tries to get secrets and embarrassing stories out. Later they post the information in the online space. They also give false feelings of security before they break their victim’s trust.

  • It is very difficult to find out the real culprits because a lot of people are involved in this. Many have fake accounts solely for this purpose.

    Ways to deal with it:
  • Talk to your parents

  • Block the person

  • Never accepting friend requests from strangers (as they can also bully you)

  • Report the crime

    Children, parents or other concerned adults on their behalf, can approach the cyber cells of the State police to report any online offence. Unlike other crimes, cyber-crimes are not limited by jurisdiction.

  • You can report to the cyber-cell of any city, even if the offense was committed when you were in a different city.

  • In case you are unable to file a complaint in the cyber cell, you can file an FIR with the local police station.

  • It is not necessary to know the name of the person responsible for the crime to lodge an FIR.

  • Tell the police whatever you know. The local police are expected to coordinate with the cyber cell in the investigation and legal processes.

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has set up a portal to facilitate online complaints of cybercrimes, including online child sexual abuse materials, and sexually explicit content.

    Police authorities of CHILDLINE 1098 is India's first 24-hour, free, emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance. The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) set up this online portal to receive complaints regarding sexual abuse and related offences.