Cyberbullying is any kind of bullying or harassment done using technology. It really sucks because it can be public, hard to take down, or affect you at home. There are a lot of things it could be, and it can affect people in a lot of different ways.
Cyberbullying is bullying that is done through the use of technology, for example, using the Internet, a mobile phone or a camera to hurt or embarrass someone. It can be shared widely with a lot of people quickly, which is why it is so dangerous and hurtful.
Often if we fear loved ones are the victim of cyberbullying its difficult to know how to assist. That’s why we’re sharing this two minute video from ReachOut.com Australia which gives some simple and easy to do ideas to protect the whole family from cyberbullying
How it can affect people
- Feeling guilty like it is your fault.
- Feeling hopeless and stuck like you can’t get out of the situation.
- Feeling alone, like there is no one to help you.
- Feeling like you don’t fit in with the cool group.
- Feeling depressed and rejected by your friends and other groups of people.
- Feeling unsafe and afraid.
- Stressed out wondering what to do and why this is happening to you.
- Keep a record of the bullying. You can use this to report the bullying to your school if it’s happening from a classmate.
- You can also report cyberbullying online to the eSaftey Commissioner or report the bullying on different social media websites.
- Try your hardest not engage with the bullying by responding to it. People who bully others are often looking for a response to know that they have affected you.
- Talk to someone you trust about what is going on and how you feel about it. Opening up not only allows for support, but helps you feel less alone about what’s going on.
- Log out and stop messaging if you feel you are being harassed.
How to protect yourself
- Don’t share your private information like passwords, name and address, phone numbers with people you don’t know. Be cautious about sharing photos of yourself, your friends and your family.
- Remember to set up the privacy options on your social networking sites like Facebook in a way you are comfortable with.
For more practical advice on Cyberbullying and how to protect yourself or family visit – ReachOut
Lets #Stopthehate and put an end to this damaging practice today.
Helpful links –
Kids Helpline Age: 5-25
To talk to someone about anything that’s going on in your life. Kids Helpline has phone counselling 24/7
PH- 1800 55 1800 or visit online www.kidshelp.com.au