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If someone is making you feel unsafe or scared online it’s not ok
When it goes beyond teasing and you feel somebody is out to ‘get you’ online and you can’t escape, this is a form of online harassment.
- Being harassed online is never ok – in fact, it’s illegal
- Sometimes it can reach a point where things become unbearable – remember help is available
Online harassment can leave us feeling scared and alone
It’s never your fault that somebody is harassing you.
It could be a sign that you’re being harassed online when somebody does any of the following:
Sends you messages even after you told them to stop
Creates a fake profile and pretends to be you
Spreads rumours or gossip about you online
Sends you hurtful or scary messages or photos
Deletes or edits your online accounts or posts
Logs into your online accounts when you don’t want them to
When somebody tries to control you or makes you feel scared it’s a form of harassment
“I called Kids Helpline and they helped me feel better as well as giving me tips on what to do” – Julie, 12
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