A Guide for Victims of Cyber-Bullying
In the wake of reports from the NAPD that cyber-bullying has seen a 33% increase in just a year we have put together a few steps for a child or teen to take if they are being bullied online.
1. Firstly always remember what is happening is not your fault and that nobody deserves to be treated that way.
2. If you are being cyber-bullied tell someone you can trust, a parent, an aunt or uncle or a teacher. Noone can help you if they don’t know and nobody should have to deal with the upset caused by online bullying on their own.
3. If someone is harrassing you online it is important to know that you can block them and it is okay to walk away from something you don’t want to be a part of.
4. Screenshots are solid evidence of cyber-bullying and taking sceenshots as evidence can help put cyber-bullying to a stop. So make sure if you are at the recieveing end of cyber-bullying that you take screenshots as evidence.
5. Privacy Settings are very important when it comes to social networking, set boundaries on your page so only those you allow can look and post on your online profiles.
6.If there is anything you are uncomfortable with or upset by that it is online know that you can report it and have it removed. Most Social Netwroking Sites allow you to report information annonymously .
7. If you know anyone being cyber-bullied be a friend, talk to them and let them know you are there to help them.