What is online abuse?


Online abuse can take many forms.  It 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. Examples are 

  • Spreading malicious and abusive rumours and gossiping 
  • Emailing or texting you with threatening or intimidating remarks 
  • Mobbing (a group or gang that target you) 
  • Harassing you repeatedly 
  • Intimidation and blackmail 
  • Stalking you on-line and continually harassing you 
  • Posting embarrassing or humiliating images or video‚Äôs without your consent  
  • Posting your private details on-line without consent 
  • General Bullying or Stalking 
  • Grooming (enticing or goading you on-line to self-harm or commit a crime) 
  • Setting up a false profile, Identity fraud or identity theft 
  • Using gaming sites to attack or bully you 
  • Theft, Fraud or deception over the internet 


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