16th March 2022

Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know About Trolling & Online Abuse‘ below.

Download: What Parents Need to Know About Trolling & Online Abuse [PDF]

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What is Trolling & Online Abuse?

Trolling is a form of cyberaggression. It involved the sending of malicious, abusive or derogatory messages by one user (a ‘troll’) to another user online with the intention of upsetting or harassing them or damaging their reputation. It is often anonymous and does not meet the definition of bullying, yet might develop into online bullying. Trolls will often goad others until they react. They enjoy putting people down and causing discord, starting arguments or being inflammatory – stirring things up for their own entertainment. Trolling may take the form of a one-off offensive comment, hate speech or even threats made online.

In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, damaged reputation and age-inappropriate language.