The government has published new guidelines on dealing with cyberbullying today.

Research carried out for the Anti-Bullying Allliance showed that up to one in five pupils have experienced bullying on mobile phones or via the Internet.

Phone calls, text messaging and emailing were the most common forms of cyber bullying both inside and outside of school, while chat-room bullying was the least.

Schools Minister Jim Knight said that the guidelines would help every school tackle bullying in cyberspace with the same vigilance as in the playground, but that parents and young people should also understand how to use technologies safely and work with their schools to deal with any incidents.

The guidelines are available on the DfES anti bullying

website

and offer help, guidance and more importantly contact numbers of people that can help.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance was established in July 2002 by NSPCC and NCB and brings together 65 organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.