EastEnders' Jacqueline Jossa hosts BBC bullying special online

Published Feb 6 2014, 13:15 GMT  |  By

Jacqueline Jossa has presented a short film about online bullying.

Available on BBC WebWise, the EastEnders actress has fronted the online film as part of the BBC's range of programmes in support of Safer Internet Day on February 11.

Jacqueline Jossa as Lauren Branning in EastEnders

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The film features Jossa revealing how criminals can hack into webcams using the 'ratting' technique and explains how users can protect themselves.

Jossa, who has been a victim of online bullying, said: "When I was subjected to abuse from online bullies it was upsetting at first, but I could turn off my phone, not read the messages or simply take no notice of them.

"But with webcam hacking or 'ratting', people are being targeted often without their knowledge, and the results can be devastating. I would urge everyone to just to follow some basic rules and make sure that they use the internet safely and wisely."

BBC WebWise will continue to release further films focusing on different areas of internet safety, including 'sexting' between couples.

Speaking about the campaign, Saul Nassé, Controller of Learning, said: "The internet and social media are now a huge part of most people's lives. As with anything in life, there are risks out there too, and I'm very pleased that we're showing how a few simple techniques can help keep the whole family safe online."

Jacqueline Jossa currently stars as Lauren Branning in the BBC One soap EastEnders.