Cyberbullying

All you need to know

What does cyberbullying look like?

Cyberbullying can occur in many ways, including:
  • abusive texts and emails
  • hurtful messages, images or videos
  • imitating others online
  • excluding others online
  • humiliating others online
  • nasty online gossip and chat.

I am being cyberbullied—how do I stop it?

  • talk to someone you trust straight away—like a parent, sibling, uncle/aunt, teacher or friend, or contact Kids Helpline
  • don’t retaliate or respond—they might use it against you
  • block the bully and change your privacy settings
  • report the abuse to the service and get others to as well
  • collect the evidence—keep mobile phone messages, take screen shots and print emails or social networking conversations
  • do something you enjoy—catch-up with friends, listen to good music, watch a good show or chat online to people you can trust
  • remember you didn’t ask for this—nobody deserves to be bullied and you will get through this.

What if a friend is being cyberbullied?

If you have a friend or know someone at school who is being cyberbullied:
  • don’t join in—don’t comment on posts, images or videos that will hurt others
  • don’t forward or share posts, images or videos that will hurt others
  • leave negative groups and conversations
  • report bullying to someone that can help—this can be an anonymous report to a parent or teacher
  • if you are confident, call others on their bullying and ask them to stop—'Enough. This isn't funny'
  • support your friend online and offline—'I heard about the posts-you don't deserve it. I'm here for you.'