Repeated intentional malicious threats, taunts, abuse and harassment, using phones, the internet, or any form of technology
Who is involved?
The Cyberbully can be 1 person or a group of people. Teens and pre-teens are often targeted.
Am I being cyberbullied?
The answer is likely to be YES if any of the following (or similar) have happened to you –
Being sent mean emails or texts
Having embarrassing pictures / videos of you posted on blogs / websites
Having rumours spread about you online
If any of the above make you feel vulnerable & scared
OMG – I’m being cyberbullied. What do I do?
STOP Immediately stop replying or fighting back online and do not share any personal / private info. Replying may make things worse and you could be labeled as a Cyberbully
BLOCK Block and report the cyberbully to the site administrator – you can get instructions to help you in our Help Centre!
TELL Tell and adult such as a teacher or parent and keep telling someone until something is done about it
SCHOOL Find out what your school can do about cyberbullying
PROOF Do not delete any of the messages that have been sent to you. Show them to everyone you inform about the cyberbully as proof
PROTECTION Protect yourself by not agreeing to meet anyone you speak to online, especially if you don’t know them
POLICE Inform the police ONLY if your safety and security is at risk
I need to talk about this… Where can I get support?
You can contact us in loads of ways – we’re always here for you. Visit the Total Access Support page for full details.
Also available is our Cyberbullying Support Community. This contains the community threads, where you can ask any questions and join in discussions, the Positivity Shrine (for a dose of happy!) and the Live Chat area, where you can speak to other Cybersmilers online. If you want to talk about cyberbullying or just need a safe place to chat about your day… Cybersmilers are a friendly bunch.
It hasn’t happened to me, but I know that it’s happening to someone else. Should I do something about it?
YES Tell an adult
Report the cyberbully to the site administrator
BLOCK Helping the victim will show they are not alone. So show them your support! ANY FORM OF BULLYING SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED AT ALL
As far as I’m aware, I’m not being cyberbullied. But I’m worried it might be happening without me knowing. How can I tell?
USE GOOGLE Put your name into Google and see if anything comes up about you
SLANG Slang words may be used that you don’t know the meaning of. Visit www.noslang.com for a list to see if you have come across any in a conversation you or another person has had about you
How can I prevent myself from ever becoming a victim of cyberbullying?
THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK Avoid sending / typing anything that others may find offensive
PROTECT YOURSELF Never give out any personal / private information such as passwords to anyone. Including your friends!
SAY NO TO PEER PRESSURE! Avoid passing on messages you are being asked to send around, especially if they contain abusive / cruel content
SAY NO TO STRANGERS Never agree to meet anyone you do not know! Report them or tell an adult if they are persistent to meet you.
INFORMATION Be aware of what your school’s policies are against bullying
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