Cyber Bullying FAQ's
Here's a handy and quick FAQ answered by Cybersmile. Hope you find it helpful and informative!
What is cyberbullying?
Repeated intentional malicious threats, taunts, abuse and harassment, using phones, the internet, or any form of technology
Who is involved?
The Cyberbully can be 1 person or a group of people. Teens and pre-teens are usually targeted.
Am I being cyberbullied?
The answer is likely to be YES if any of the following (or similar) have happened to you -
Being sent mean emails or texts
Having embarrassing pictures / videos of you posted on blogs / websites
Having rumours spread about you online
If any of the above make you feel vulnerable & scared
OMG – I’m being cyberbullied. What do I do?
Immediately stop replying or fighting back online and do not share any personal / private info. Replying may make things worse and you could be labeled as a Cyberbully
Block and report the cyberbully to the site administrator
Tell and adult such as a teacher or parent and keep telling someone until something is done about it
Find out what your school can do about cyberbullying
Do not delete any of the messages that have been sent to you. Show them to everyone you inform about the cyberbully as proof
Protect yourself by not agreeing to meet anyone you speak to online, especially if you don’t know them
Inform the police ONLY if your safety and security is at risk
It hasn’t happened to me, but I know that it’s happening to someone else. Should I do something about it?
Tell an adult
Report the cyberbully to the site administrator
Helping the victim will show they are not alone. So show them your support! ANY FORM OF BULLYING SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED AT ALL
As far as I’m aware, I’m not being cyberbullied. But I’m worried it might be happening without me knowing. How can I tell?
Put your name into Google and see if anything comes up about you
Slang words may be used that you don’t know the meaning of. Visit www.noslang.com for a list to see if you have come across any in a conversation you or another person has had about you
How can I prevent myself from ever becoming a victim of cyberbullying?
THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK
Avoid sending / typing anything that others may find offensive
Never give out any personal / private information such as passwords to anyone. Including your friends!
SAY NO TO PEER PRESSURE!
Avoid passing on messages you are being asked to send around, especially if they contain abusive / cruel content
SAY NO TO STRANGERS
Never agree to meet anyone you do not know! Report them or tell an adult if they are persistent to meet you.
Be aware of what your school’s policies are against bullying.
For more information please visit www.cybersmile.org