How to deal with cyber-bullying
Updated: Feb 9, 2021
What is cyber-bullying?
Cyber-bullying is the persistent harassment of someone using digital technologies. It could include hurtful texts, emails, posts online, spreading rumours online, intimidating a person or posting images or videos that make a person feel uncomfortable.
How can a young person deal with cyber-bullying?
The young person should:
Tell someone what has been happening - this could be a parent/guardian, a friend, a teacher in school.
Block the number off their phone or block their account online to prevent further bullying and harassment.
Try to stand up for themselves as much as possible by ignoring the cyber-bully, not replying to messages/texts/posts from the bully and not giving them any attention.
Think about coming off social media for a while to get a break and some head space and 'turn the bullying off'.
Consider contacting the police about the incidents and comments made - the young person must be able to show the police evidence of what has been happening.
Consider talking to someone at an organisation that can give advice and help with the bullying experience such as: