Could I be a cyberbully?
Know when your online behaviour crosses the line and what to do ...
Cyberbullying can include:
Repeated harassment and threatening messages (cyberstalking)
"Cyberbullying is NOT ok and it can be equally as bad, or even worse, than bullying someone face to face" – Sky, Kids Helpline
You may notice your friend feeling:
You might see changes in the way they act:
You notice they act differently online:
Each of us can help keep the internet a safe place so nobody gets hurt, abused, or attacked online. Here’s what you can do:
Don't forward or share the post, text or image
Report it online or show an adult who can help you report it
Don't take part in it by sending mean messages back
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 and let them know you care
Ask the person being bullied if they are ok and if they need help
Suggest the person being bullied report it, block, or delete the bully
Leave the group or conversation
"When we see somebody being bullied online that makes us ‘bystanders’ and we have a really important role in stopping the bullying behavior" – April, Kids Helpline Counsellor
Cyberbullying is not something you or your friend should have to put up with. If you’re unsure of what to do or need some extra support - that’s ok! Contact us and we can help you figure it out.
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