Cyber Bullying

friends_looking_at_laptopIs someone upsetting you on Facebook or sending nasty texts? This is ‘Cyber bullying’.

Sometimes it feels like there’s no getting away from it and that a lot of people are ganging up on you.

girl_in_pink_on_phoneAm I being cyber bullied?

Cyber bullying might involve one or more of the following:

  • Being sent nasty, abusive and threatening messages by email, text, or on a website
  • Being sent computer viruses or inappropriate videos by email.
  • Someone hacking into your account and sending nasty messages to other people.
  • Upsetting comments being posted on your wall on Facebook or horrible tweets being written about you.
  • Being sent abusive texts, video or images on your mobile.

Watch this Cyber Bullying Virus video – it will make you think.

What can I do about it?

Remember you are not alone.
No one has the right to make you feel worried, upset, scared or embarrassed. If you think you are being cyber-bullied then talk to someone you can trust – a parent, carer, teacher or another responsible adult.
They will be able to help you, listen to your worries and report the bullying.

If you can, keep a copy of any abusive or threatening texts, emails or messages that you have been sent and make a note of when these were sent to you. But don’t reply to any of the messages, it will only egg the bullied on.

If you don’t feel you can go and talk to an adult about your worries you can always call Childline on 0800 1111 who will be able to offer you support and advice.

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