Internet and Online Offences


Cyberbullying involves the use of communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking sites, websites, email, text messaging and instant messaging to repeatedly intimidate or harass others.

Criminal harassment, threats of death or serious bodily harm, and distribution of intimate images without consent are criminal offences a cyberbully can be charged with.

Cyberbullying is increasingly harmful as it can occur 24/7, making it hard for the victim to escape victimization.  What is more, due to the anonymity of the internet, cyberbullying has the potential to be harsher than traditional bullying and the offender may be untraced.


Sextortion involves individuals who coerce youth into sending sexual images or engaging in sexual acts via webcam and then blackmail them with the threat of distributing the sexual images/videos if they do not pay money or provide more sexual images/videos. The use of live streaming services has increased the vulnerability of youth to this type of exploitation.