- Tell someone. As with any type of bullying it so important that you don’t suffer in silence and you tell someone about it straight away. It may seem hard do but make sure you tell a trusted adult, such as a parent or teacher, and they will help you to decide what to do.
- Block the bully. Most social media sites will give you the option to block and report the person or group of people cyberbullying you. When you block someone it usually means that they will no longer be able to contact you or see any of your content on that platform. Follow these links to report cyberbullying on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and use their tools to block out the bullies.
- Report the bullying. Cyberbullying is never acceptable and you should report the content (pictures, text, group etc.) to someone you trust and to the social media site. If you have blocked the person but the bullying is still continuing, all social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo and Ask.fm have report abuse buttons, as do most mobile phone networks who have teams to deal with abuse. Games consoles also have advice on their websites. Reporting is usually anonymous so the person will not know that you have reported the content. Follow these links to report cyberbullying on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and use their tools to block out the bullies.
- Have the evidence. It is really important that you save or copy any of the cyberbullying such as texts or conversations you receive so you have evidence of the cyberbullying and can show it to the relevant people. A good way to do this is to press the ‘PrtScrn’ button on the right hand side of the keyboard which copies the image on screen and which you can then paste into a Word document or. You could also try using the Windows Snipping Tool.
- Don’t reply or answer back. It may be very tempting to reply to the person or group but don’t become a cyberbully yourself; deal with the bully by blocking and reporting the abuse. It is sometimes hard not to write back, but it is always best not to retaliate and to try to block and monitor the situation. Sometimes the people bullying you are looking to get a reaction out of you and answering back can just make it worse.
- Stay positive. Although it may feel like you do not have control of the situation, you can take control. Make sure you do the steps above and talk to people inside and outside of school that you can trust. These people care for you and will work with you to stop the cyberbullying. Stay positive, you are not alone and things will get better!