Latest scam awareness update
To mark national anti-bullying week, Monday 16 November–Friday 20 November, and to show that GMP stands ‘United Against Bullying’, this week’s scam awareness update will actually focus on cyber bullying and cyber stalking – what it is and how to report it.
What is cyber bullying and cyber stalking?
- Cyber bullying – is any form of bullying that is carried out through the use of electronic media devices, such as computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets or gaming consoles.
- Cyber stalking – is a pattern of online fixated or obsessive behaviour which repeated, persistent, intrusive and causes fear of violence or alarm and distress to the victim.
How to report it
Report cyber bullying or cyber stalking to the police by calling 101 or, using the LiveChat facility on the GMP website.
Support is also available for victims of cybercrime. The Cyber Helpline provides free expert help and advice for UK cybercrime victims.
Detective Constable Claire Leonard of GMP’s Cyber Crime Unit, said: “Cyber bullying and cyber stalking can have a real and long-lasting impact on victims, making them feel distressed and vulnerable.
“Just because the interactions are happening online, doesn’t make them any less real. That is why at GMP, we are united against bullying and committed to helping those affected gain the help and support they need.
“Young people can be particularly vulnerable to online bullying, especially as many of us this year have spent more time indoors and on our devices, which is why we are equipping parents and carers with the toolkits they need and providing online presentations to students through schools.
“Throughout November we will also be sharing anti-bullying messages on social media, including information for parents, carers and teachers on how to educate their children on bullying and staying safe online and where people can go for support and information.
“I would encourage anyone who is a victim of cyber bullying or cyber stalking should report it to the police by calling 101 or using the LiveChat facility on our website. In an emergency that’s ongoing or life is in danger, always dial 999.”