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Online Harassment

Online harassment is an extreme form of cyberbullying that is potentially very harmful. It is also against the law. Here’s what you need to know.

Boy looking at a computer screen with 'I hate you' messages on it

Harassment is when someone deliberately causes you harm or distress

Online harassment can leave you feeling unsafe, anxious or depressed. It's an invasion of your privacy and it’s illegal.

You could be on the receiving end of online harassment if somebody is doing any of these things:

Continues the behaviour even after you told them to stop

Creates a fake profile and pretends to be you

Spreads rumours or gossip about you online

Logs into your online accounts when you don’t want them to

Deletes or edits your online accounts or posts

Sends you threatening messages or photos

If you’re being harassed online there are steps you can take to put a stop to it

Being harassed can be scary and confusing. You may not know what to do, or how to put an end to it - the person doing the harassing is not listening to your demands to stop. Empower yourself by doing the following:

Learn more about online harassment and what it looks like
Keep any harassing texts, emails or social media posts
Start a diary and record every time you are harassed and what happened
Go to and find out how to make a complaint
Tell someone you trust about it so they can support you
Talk to a Kids Helpline counsellor so they can help you through it

Report Online Harassment

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

“Kids Helpline were great. They gave me tips and made me feel like I wasn’t alone. I finally felt like there were things I could do to change the situation”

If anybody is harassing you online it’s important to tell someone and report it

You are never alone. There is always help available.

If you’re unsure about what steps to take next, contact Kids Helpline and one of our counsellors can help you figure it out. Give us a call, start a WebChat or send us an email today.

You can also check out the eSafety website to learn more about online harassment and what you can do. 

This content was last reviewed 14/02/2018

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