We all have a duty to report eCRIME and to protect others, particularly the vulnerable or those in our care, from eCRIME abuse.

National Policing Lead for ACPO Communication Advisory Group Chief Constable Andy Trotter said:

“People may think they can remain anonymous when they are online, that they can hide, say and do things they wouldn’t dream of doing in real life without consequences or being found out; this is not the case.


“Reports of credible threats and communications made over social media that specifically target an individual and constitute harassment will be taken very seriously by the police and investigated.  Please call your local police force on 101 if you think you are being harassed or threatened online.”


eCRIME is mobile phone or internet abuse.

eCRIME is commonly referred to as cyber-bullying.


eCRIME is any form of anti-social behaviour over the internet or via a mobile device.  It is an attack or abuse, using technology, which is intended to cause another person harm, distress or personal loss.


eCRIME is rife.   We are all potential targets – adults and children alike.


Most of us are likely to experience eCRIME at some point in our lives.

It is a total myth that eCRIME affects children only.


This list is not exhaustive.

Spreading malicious and abusive rumours and gossiping

Emailing or texting someone with threatening or intimidating remarks

Trolling someone

Mobbing an individual (a group or gang who target one individual).

Harassing someone repeatedly

Intimidation and blackmail

Stalking someone on-line and continually harassing them

Posting embarrassing or humiliating images or video’s about an

  individual without their consent.

General Bullying or Stalking

Child exploitation

Grooming (ie: enticing or goading someone on-line to self-harm,

   to harm another person or commit a crime)

Setting up a false profile to target an individual

Happy Slapping – ie: filming someone being attacked and then

   posting that video up on a website or inappropriate on-line forum

Posting someone else’s private details on-line without consent

Identity fraud or identity theft

Using gaming sites to attack or bully an individual

Theft over the internet

Fraud or deception over the internet

Espionage over the internet and so on

If you feel you have been effected by any of the examples in this list and would like to a

talk to a professional for advice, please see our support page for further information


We all have a duty to report eCRIME and to protect others, particularly the vulnerable or those in our care, from eCRIME abuse.

Schools have a responsibility to ensure that pupils and students are not bullied and they can take action even if the bullying is happening outside school.

Employers have a Duty of Care to provide a safe and stress free place of work for all employees.

If you become a target of eCRIME, there are a number of things you can do.








Talk to someone you trust – a teacher, a parent, a carer, a friend, a close family member or a manager.


Report the bullying to the internet service provider (ISP) if the bullying happened online.


Ask a parent or teacher for help, or call a confidential helpline.


Report the bullying to your mobile phone provider if you’ve received bullying texts or calls on your mobile.

You may even have to change your number if you're repeatedly bullied through your phone.


Block instant messages and emails. Ask for help !


Keep a diary of the bullying or, ideally, printing off hard copies of bullying comments or images on-line.

Take a snapshot of the wording in the offensive on-line article.  Download it. Take a hard copy.


Report serious, life threatening eCRIME, such as physical or sexual threats, to the Police or the authorities

Remember, you are amazing and you're not alone


The best way to avoid being cyber-bullied is to use the internet and mobile

phones carefully.

Become cyber-savvy.

Don’t give out personal details, such as your phone number or address, in a chat room.

Think carefully before posting photos or videos of you or your friends.

Only give your mobile number to close friends.

Protect passwords, and never give your friends access to your accounts.

Don’t forward nasty emails or hurtful jokes.

Learn how to block instant messages or use mail filters to block emails.

Know how to report bullying to internet service providers or website administrators.


Ask a parent or teacher for help, or contact a

confidential helpline

Don’t delete the upsetting emails or messages.


Keep the evidence. By pressing the ‘print screen’ button, you should be able to print of a hard copy of the threatening text or images

This will help you to help the authorities and/or the Police to identify the bully, even if the bully is anonymous. Even people who use a false name or email can be traced.


Don’t reply. This is what the bully wants.

It might make things worse.

For more information and advice on the prevention of

Cyber-bullying see our WHAT TO DO page



Even if you’re not the one who started the bullying, you become part of it when you laugh at a message that could be hurtful or threatening to someone else, or forward it on.


Don't let yourself get dragged into the world of eCRIME.

Think about the impact of what you say in text messages, chat rooms and emails. Could your words be used to hurt someone else, or could they be turned against you?

In some cases, eCRIME can be a criminal offence. For example, it could be treated as a form of harassment or threatening behaviour.


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