If you’re worried about how someone is behaving towards your child online (or another child you know) there are things you can do.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) help children stay safe online. You can make a report to CEOP if someone has acted inappropriately towards your child (or a child you know) online. This could be sexual chat, asking a child something that makes them feel uncomfortable or insisting on meeting up.
Depending on where the cyber bullying is taking place, if possible report the abuse using the site/app facilities if they exist. Save the evidence if you think you will need it later and block the user if possible.
If you think your child is being bullied online by someone from their school contact the school. Individual schools will have their own policies on bullying / cyber bullying. Whatever the policy if your child is being bullied by someone from their school or someone they don't know, they may need some additional support of some kind during school hours.
For a list of schools in Torbay and their contact details check out the schools pages on the Torbay Council website.
If you believe that bullying has reached a level where your child is at risk of serious harm or injury, please contact Devon and Cornwall Police on telephone 101 (non emergency number) and ask to speak with your local Police Community Support Officer. If the situation is urgent you can contact the police in an emergency on telephone 999.
Online criminal content includes:
Criminal content should be reported to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
If you’re concerned about the safety of a child you know or you think a child isn't being looked after properly in Torbay you can report your concerns to the Torbay Safeguarding Hub.