What is 'happy slapping'?

  • 24 June 2011
Girl looking at mobile phone Image copyright bbc

'Happy slapping' is nothing to do with being happy. It's a form of bullying where people are attacked and the attack is filmed on a mobile camera phone.

Attackers often share the videos with their friends.

These assaults are not only hurtful and upsetting, but they are also illegal.

Anti-bullying charity Kidscape advise anyone who is attacked in this way to report it to a teacher or adult immediately.

And if you see it happen to anyone else, tell someone as soon as possible, like a teacher, parent or the police.

Any footage found on mobiles could be used as evidence of the attacks.