Cyberbullying can be defined as the use of technologies by an individual or by a group of people to deliberately and repeatedly upset someone else. Here are our top tips about what to do if you, or someone else, are being cyberbullied.
Tell a trusted adult about what is happening to you. Don’t suffer in silence as something can be done. If you’d like to speak to a counsellor to help you decide what to do, or even just to listen, then you can call Childline for free on 0800 1111 or visit their website to speak to a counsellor online.
Keep a record
If you are being cyberbullied either online or by text, don’t reply but do record it by taking a screenshot or print out. This means even if the sender deletes their messages, you still have proof.
Most services including Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat have rules on what they allow on their sites. If someone is harassing or cyberbullying you, it is very likely that they are going against the rules of the site so make sure you report them. You can also use blocking and deleting tools. Childnet have a useful guide on how to report on each online platform.
Be an upstander not a bystander!
If you see cyberbullying going on, support the person being targeted and report it! It will make such a difference – use your power for good!