What if this happening to me?

Being cyberbullied can make you feel helpless, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and seek help. The most important thing to do is to talk to an adult you trust as soon as you realise there is a problem.


Cyber Bullying

Being cyberbullied can make you feel helpless, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and seek help. The most important thing to do is to talk to an adult you trust as soon as you realise there is a problem.

Ignore

Do not respond to "minor teasing or name calling" if you can avoid it. Sometimes bullies are encouraged by seeing a reaction.

Record

Keep a record of bullying messages you receive—in hard copy. If you can show an adult either the messages themselves or a diary of when you received them, it may be easier to verify what went on and who the bully was.

Reach out

Your parents, a favourite teacher, and even police officers can help you deal with cyberbullying. It’s also helpful to talk to friends or a counsellor so you can get their support when you are feeling upset by hurtful comments. There is no reason to suffer alone when you are the target of bullying.

Cut off the bully

Stop all communication with the bully when possible. You may be able to block their phone number so you no longer receive their calls or texts. If that’s not possible, you might consider changing phone numbers. Facebook and instant messenger providers allow you to block other users so that they can no longer interact with you. If for some reason it’s not possible to block a cyberbully, you can always screen their calls and delete their messages without opening them.

Go high-tech

If you’re being bullied via a website, chances are that the bully is going against the website’s terms of use. Reporting bullies to the website administrator may get them kicked off the site. On Facebook and YouTube, some of the most popular sites for cyberbullying activity, you can report cyberbullying incidents to the sites’ "safety centres." Parents can help by getting in touch with your internet service provider, mobile phone service provider, or content provider. In some cases, the providers can look into the bullying incident to uncover an anonymous bully and may also be able to take down offensive posts.

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