If you or someone you know is being cyberbullied, there things you can do to address the problem.
- Talk to a trusted person to figure out the best ways to deal with the problem. Help can come from a family member, friend or another adult, such as a teacher. Sometimes, talking to a counselor or health professional, at school or elsewhere, can help you get through the emotional effects of bullying.
- Do not respond to cyberbullying or try to retaliate. Sometimes people post or text teasing or name-calling to get a reaction.
- Don’t pass it on. If someone has posted or sent a message that could be hurtful to others, refuse to pass it along. Speak up against bullying. It’s as simple as saying “Stop.”
- Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record the dates, times and descriptions. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages.
- Block the person who is cyberbullying you. Many websites and phone companies let you block people. Also, cyberbullying may violate the “Terms and Conditions” of these services. Consider contacting the service provider to file a complaint.
- Report the incident to your school. *They may be able to help you resolve the cyberbullying or be watchful for face-to-face bullying.
StopBullying.gov offers these reminders:
- You are not alone. Talk to someone you trust. Getting an adult’s help is a good way to stop bullying.
- It is not your fault. Nobody should be bullied!
- Do not hurt yourself.
- Do not bully back. Do not bully anyone else.
- Do not let the bully win. Keep doing what you love to do.