Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology (cell phones, online games, websites) to hurt or embarrass someone else.
Here are some examples:
- Sending mean texts or IMs
- Pranking someone’s cell phone
- Hacking into someone’s gaming or social networking profile
- Being rude or mean to someone in an online game
- Spreading secrets or rumours about people online
- Pretending to be someone else to spread hurtful messages online
Cyberbullying is never okay.
No one deserves to be cyberbullied.
What makes cyberbullying different than other types of bullying?
- It’s easy for people to hide who they are online, so you might not know who is bothering you.
- It’s harder to get away from cyberbullying – it can happen anytime you have your phone or are at your computer.
- It’s easier for kids to be mean when they can’t see the hurt they are causing.
I’m being cyberbullied. What should I do?
You might feel like being mean back, but it’s better not to. Take a breath and count to ten.
If it’s a text or email don’t delete it. If you’re on a gaming or social site, take a screen shot. Having a copy of it will help you prove what has happened.
It’s important to tell someone you trust what’s happening. Report online abuse to the site. If your safety is being threatened, get an adult to help you contact the police.
Remember: It’s not your fault.
You don’t deserve to be cyberbullied. You have the right to be safe.
Have you seen cyberbullying?
- If you see cyberbullying, tell someone!
- If you know someone who is being cyberbullied, show them this page!