What is online bullying?
Online bullying – also known as cyberbullying – is bullying that takes place ON THE INTERNET or via electronic devices and mobile phones. It can include:
1. Sending someone mean or threatening emails, direct messages or text messages
2. Hacking into someone’s online account
3. Being rude or mean to someone when playing online games
4. Posting private or embarrassing photos online or sending them to others
5. Creating fake social media accounts that mock someone or trick them
6. Excluding someone from an online conversation or blocking them for no reason

How does it feel to be bullied?
Being bullied can impact on your self-esteem, confidence and social skills. Because it happens on your phone, tablet or computer, it can feel
like you are under threat even when you’re in a safe environment, such as your bedroom. Don’t forget…it is not your fault if you’re being bullied.

What should I do?
Most websites, social media websites and online games or mobile apps let you report and block people who are bothering you.
Record the dates and times when cyberbullying has occurred, and save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages.

You could also contact Childline (www.childline.org.uk), where a trained counsellor will listen to anything that’s worrying you – you don’t even have to give your name.
You don’t have to deal with the bullying on your own. Talk to an adult that you trust – a parent, guardian, or teacher. 

How can I stay safe?
Make sure your privacy settings are set so that only people you know and trust can see what you post.
Never give out personal information online.
Avoid further communication with those sending the messages.
Keep aware of fake profiles and internet users pretending to be someone that they are not.

Be Kind Online – ‘NETIQUETTE’
Before pressing ‘send’ on comments, ask yourself these 3 questions…
1. Why am I posting this?
2. Would I say this in real life?
3. How would I feel if somebody said this to me?

Don’t lie, gossip or share the secrets of friends.
Don’t join in or ‘like’ the comments of bullies.

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