Every age group is vulnerable to cyber bullying, but teenagers and young adults are common victims. Cyber bullying is a growing problem in schools. Cyber bullying has become an issue because the Internet is fairly anonymous, which is appealing to bullies because their intimidation is difficult to trace. Unfortunately, rumors, threats and photos can be disseminated on the Internet very quickly.

Also known as cyber-bullying, this can take place through social networking sites or revenge porn.

How to protect yourself

  • Verify the authenticity of the WI-fi network before logging on. For example, speak to staff at the site providing the link and ask for info such as the connection’s name and IP address.
  • Use a trusted Virtual Private Network service to secure your traffic. You’ll be encrypting all data passing through the network.
  • Use mobile data services such as 4G in preference to public WI-fi wherever possible.
  • If you are concerned about the network, raise this with the organization providing the service or contact Action Fraud.
  • Don’t download applications to your electronic devices.
  • Don’t install any updates to programs on your laptop.
  • Avoid online banking services.
  • Don’t online shop and reveal financial details.