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'I was the victim of cyberbullying'

By Dan Whitworth
Newsbeat technology reporter

Georgia and Sarah Jane Woods
Georgia says she suffered from cyberbullying for six months

We know it goes on at school and in the street. We've known for a while that it goes on online as well but bullying on the net and on your phone is growing. A third of 11 to 18-year-olds now say they've suffered from it, according to the charity Beatbullying.

It's too easy for bullies to pick on people by text or by getting online and using sites like Bebo, MSN or Facebook.

Thirteen-year-old Georgia Woods suffered from it for six months.

She said: "They were making me feel alone, like I had nobody, making me feel worthless. They dedicated whole web pages about how much they hated me and a couple of hate mail sites.

'Nothing to live for'

"I could walk down the street and my phone would go off and it'd be a random number that I didn't know with hurtful comments from people I didn't even know.

"I even thought about taking my own life because I thought I had nothing to live for."

To try to help stop this from happening to others the government's backing a scheme to tackle cyberbullying in the UK, which offers victims help in the form of new website cybermentors.org.uk.

Organised by Beatbullying, it's a social networking site where victims of cyberbullies can go online and speak to other people who've been through the same thing for advice and help.

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It's something Sarah-Jane, Georgia's mum, wishes they could've used when they found out she was being bullied.

"Last year was the worst year of our lives. I can't imagine how she went through it. When we found out it was awful.

"The enormity of it really struck home and, needless to say, when it's your own daughter your whole life just falls apart," she said.

'Seek help'

The advice for people being cyberbullied is don't keep it to yourself. Tell someone.

Even if it's not a parent or teacher, speak to a friend.

As for those sites like Bebo, MSN and Facebook, they say they work hard to combat any online bullying and that people should make the most of things like privacy settings to help avoid becoming a victim.

But if it gets serious people should tell the police. Georgia says officers took her case very seriously.

She said: "If you're bullied at school you can come home and you're safe. With cyberbullying you feel like you're trapped.

"You go on the computer, they're there. You look at your phone they're there, emails they're there."

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