What To Do If You're Being Cyberbullied
What Is Cyberbullying?
The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
Cyberbullying differs from 'traditional' bullying in a number of ways, which can make it more difficult to deal with. For example:
- Cyberbullying can be 24/7, the nature of online activity means that you can be contacted at any point of the day so it's harder to have time away from the bullying
- As the bullying takes place online, there is a potential for a wider audience to get involved, which can be even more traumatising for the victim
- The person who is doing the bullying can remain anonymous, making it harder for people to get involved and put a stop to their behaviour
What Can You Do About It?
1) Save the evidence as proof to help build your case. You can do this by screenshotting and saving messages
2) Tell someone that you trust, you do not have to go through this alone
3) Report, block and mute. All social media platforms give you the option to do this
4) Remember, the problem is with them, not you. It's important to not put any blame on yourself