What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of technology like mobile phones, computers and the internet to harass, intimidate, embarrass and annoy people. It is bullying, the same as ganging up on someone in the playground or on the bus. Bullying is not tolerated in schools, society or the workplace and is punishable by law. 



What can you do?

All internet users need to follow these rules when going online:

  • Treat people as you wish to be treated.  If your message could possibly be misconstrued, use emoticons to display your tone 🙂

  • If the message is really private, it is probably best delivered in person, rather than by a medium that can be forwarded or copied

  • If you feel uncomfortable in an online situation, tell an adult who you trust.  Don’t worry about being blamed or embarrassed because adults are not like your peers.  Adults will keep things to themselves and look at things without making judgements

  • It is not your fault if you are being bullied without reason

  • Keep private stuff private – passwords, who you like, personal photos, etc.  Keep it to yourself and definitively don’t put it online

  • If you wouldn’t say or do something online with your parents or Principal watching, then it is definitely not the right thing to do.  Think of the consequences for you and the person you are about to bully

  • Get to know the best ways to keep your online profiles as private as you need

  • Stand up for your friends.  Tell an adult if you are aware of CyberBullying occurring.  Remember the Bystander’s Code and refuse to be a supporter, spectator or passive witness to bullying

  • Before you hit send or post, take a deep breath and think about it for 30 seconds.  Don’t get caught up in the moment; think about what MIGHT happen if you send that image or message.  If nothing positive can come of it, it really can’t be worth doing

  • If you think your friends have a taken a joke too far, let them know

  • If you are uncomfortable, leave the situation

  • If you have been bullied, keep the evidence (try the Prtscn button – it takes an image of your screen that you can paste into Word)

  • Block or delete those who make you feel uncomfortable

  • Report abuse to managers or even the Police


The following video is a comprehensive guide to CyberBullying



(Source: The Anti-Bully Blog, http://antibullyingblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/anti-bullying-pics-of-day.html)

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a young Australian who was a victim of CyberBullying.  He has a great blog and some relevant ideas for those who feel threatened.  The post entitled ‘Tom Wood’s Guide to Stopping CyberBullying‘ can help you determine what steps you should take to stop any unwanted attention online.  Tom is a great example of leadership and resilience for all our young people.


Office – An Interactive CyberBullying Website

Click on the image below to use the interactive ‘Office’ CyberBullying site created by Chris Webster.

Office by Chris Webster


Advertisements