Are You Cyberbullied?
What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying is when people use the internet, mobile phones, and other technology to target a certain young adult or child, by sending or posting mean and hurtful messages to them. This is usually done through social networks, text messaging, email, chat rooms and online games.
Strategies to use if you are a victim of cyber bullying:
• Ignore the bully and don’t show any reaction to the hurtful comments, as that can sometimes be what encourages the bully to continue the behaviour.
• Record all messages you receive from the bully because that is a useful way of identifying the bully, and knowing what that person has actually done to you, when showing an adult or someone who can help you stop it.
• Talk to a trusted adult, preferably your parents, a school teacher or principal, counsellors or even a police officer, to get advice on how to handle the situation.
• You could talk to a friend so you can get some support when you may be feeling upset.
• Don’t communicate with the bully at any time. Also try blocking their phone number so you no longer get texts or calls from them.
• If it becomes really bad you may consider getting a new email and/or phone number, so the bully can no longer contact you.
• Don’t at any stage try and get back at the bully, as this will only make things worse, and you are most likely to get into trouble as well.
• Give yourself some time away from technology, so that you can take a break and forget about the situation for a while.
• Don't believe the bully ever! It just destroys your self esteem and you have done nothing wrong, so why should you be the one getting hurt?
• Do not forward the comments or pictures the bully has sent to you, to others, as that only makes the problem bigger by getting more people involved.
• Never fear to call the kids helpline on 1800 55 1800, or email them for advice on how to stop you're cyberbullying situation.