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25 March 2015
By Rebecca Avery

New Home Office "Online abuse and bullying prevention guide" published

On the 20th March 2015 the Home Office published a new guide that has been developed for professionals who work with young people, to help them understand what constitutes abusive behaviour online, the consequences of that behaviour, and where they can get help. The guide applies to professionals working in England and Wales. The guide contains practical information, activities and legal frameworks and explores eight negative online behaviours, identified by young people and focuses on helping young people explore the behaviours and consequences. These behaviours are

  1. Threatening behaviour e.g. credible death threats,
  2. Trolling – the trend of anonymously seeking to provoke
    outrage by posting insults and abuse online
  3. Blackmail including revenge porn
  4. Cyberbulling – writing messages with intent to cause
    distress or anxiety in a public place (e.g. Twitter,
    excluding people from online groups (e.g. Facebook)
  5. Grooming online – causing or encouraging a child under
    the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity online or
    meeting them in person after online contact
  6. Fake profiles – only illegal if someone is trying to
    deceive someone for personal gain / fraud / harassment
    / intercepting someone else’s messages / stalking
  7. Hacking Accounts
  8. Tagging photos with defamatory or negative comments

The guide can be accessed online  here and at  NSPCC_online_abuse_and_bullying_prevention_guide_3