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Cyberbullying

If you’re experiencing cyberbullying, you’re not alone. It can be upsetting and difficult to escape. Find out what cyberbullying is and what you can do to protect yourself.

Teen girl being cyberbullied at home

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is using technology to bully or hurt someone else

Cyberbullying can include:

  • Sending/sharing nasty, hurtful or abusive messages or emails
  • Humiliating others by posting/sharing embarrassing videos or images
  • Spreading rumours or lies online
  • Setting up fake online profiles to hurt someone
  • Excluding others online
  • Repeated harassment and threatening messages (cyberstalking)

If you’re being cyberbullied

it’s important to remember:

It’s NOT your fault

You’re not alone

There is help available

It’s not weak to get help

There are things you can do

You can get through this

What makes cyberbullying so hurtful?

While any type of bullying can be hurtful, cyberbullying can hurt someone just as much as physical or verbal bullying because:

  • It’s public – lots of people can see it
  • It spreads quickly
  • It can be hard to escape
  • The bully can be anonymous
  • Removing it can be a difficult process

There are ways to protect yourself

It’s important to keep in mind that dealing with any type of bullying is about finding a solution that works for you.

Here are some steps you can take:

 

Tell them it's not ok
Get help from the police if needed
Block and report the person
Report the post or image
Seek help from a trusted adult or Kids Helpline
Make a report to esafety if the post/image doesn’t get removed
Keep evidence – take some screenshots
Switch off for a while – do something else you enjoy

Report Cyberbullying

You're not alone when it comes to dealing with cyberbullying! You can make a complaint to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

It’s important to respond if you see others being cyberbullied

You can help to stop cyberbullying.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Get someone to help you report it
  • Don’t forward or share it
  • Don’t take part in it
  • Leave the group or conversation
  • Say something kind or positive to the person being cyberbullied
  • If it’s safe, take a stand against it and ask the bully to stop
  • Let the bully know that what they’re doing is NOT ok
  • Talk to the person being cyberbullied privately and ask if they’re ok and if they need help

"Don’t take what they say to heart… there will always be people that love and care for you and they are the ones who really matter" – Kody, 20

Support is always available

If you’re being cyberbullied, it’s important to talk to someone you trust.

If you need help to get through this, give us a call, start a WebChat or send us an email.

You could also visit the eSafety website to find out more about cyberbullying and what you can do.

This content was last reviewed 08/03/2018

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