Bullying can happen online

Online bullying, also known as ‘cyber-bullying’, is when someone uses any sort of technology to bully you. This could be someone sending you nasty messages, posting mean photos of you, or saying horrible things about you online.

It doesn’t matter where bullying is taking place, it is still something that can impact and hurt you.

7 tips if you’re being bullied online:
  1. block anyone who is sending you messages you’re not happy with
  2. change your social media profiles to private
  3. un-follow people who are upsetting you
  4. remove yourself from any groups online where people are being unkind 
  5. tell someone you trust or get in touch with Childline
  6. if any of the chat in your online classroom upsets you, tell a teacher
  7. keep screenshots of any nasty messages or images that you get
  8. take a break from being online and turn your devices off
Some things you can do to help keep you safe from online bullying:
  • Think before you post: Be mindful of what you post online because every time you go online you leave a ‘digital footprint’, making it easy for people to find out personal info about you.
  • Protect yourself: Keep your password secret and don’t let anyone else use your account. Also don’t share your phone number or address online. Check your privacy settings on your social media and make sure only friends can see your posts.
  • Everything you send and post online or through text message can be traced – including deleted posts. All your online posts can be viewed, copied and shared. You never know who could read your posts.
  • Someone pressuring you to send images or do things online you don’t want to isn’t bullying and you should speak to an adult you trust or instead get in touch with Childline.