Online Harassment can take form in a number of ways. On the Crown Prosecution’s (CPS) online crime page, forms of online harassment relevant to Higher Education Providers (HEPs) are listed. Offences includes acts such as online threats, disclosure of private sexual images without consent, grooming, stalking online and also virtual mobbing, whereby a number of individuals use social media or messaging services to harass another individual in high volume.
For support on cyberbullying there is a range of guides and resources available, some of which we have listed below.
- The CPS guidelines concerning the prosecution of cases involving communications sent via social media is available and features information on social media hate crime offences, including a section on social media and the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy.
- The government’s Cyber Aware site provides advice on how individuals and organisations can make their online activity more secure.
- Stop Online Abuse describes online abuse and provides case studies.
To view all the materials available on Safe Campus Communities visit our resources page.
OfS Catalyst Projects
The Office for Students's £4.7 million student safeguarding fund is supporting over 100 projects, with a particular focus on sexual harassment, online harassment and hate crime. The first cohort of projects came to an end between May and July 2018, the second cohort of projects concluded in December 2018, and the third cohort will conclude in February 2020.
The University of Suffolk's Digital Civility project looked to improve the online safety of students in relation to online abuse, harassment, and hate crime. They did this through promoting various educational materials and carrying out media campaigns, workshops and seminars on several aspects of online risk. For an overview of their work, watch a video of Professor Emma Bond discussing the project.
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