How to Deal With It
If you see it...
- Tell a trusted adult - silence does not help anyone!
- Offer support to the bullied person and encourage them to seek help.
- Do not condone the behaviour as normal - it is NOT normal to bully someone.
- If the website has a "report abuse" option, make sure that you report the problem.
If it is directed at you...
If you are the target of cyberbullying, remember the following:
- Do not keep this to yourself! You are NOT alone and you did NOT do anything wrong! Tell an adult you know and trust as soon as possible.
- Do not reply to the messages (even if you want to).
- Do not erase or delete the messages - they may be needed a messages. Remember that you don’t have to read them and you can move them to a new folder so that you don’t have to see them every time you log in.
- If possible, use the "Block", "Ignore" or "Ban" feature.
- Inform the police, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and your cell phone provider.
- You may need to delete your current e-mail account and set up a new one, as well as change your cell phone number. Give the new ones only to a few trusted people. (If the police are involved, remember to consult with them first.)
- If you are the victim of a cyber bully who has set up and Web site that is defaming, or mocking you, contact the police as well as the Internet Service Provider and inform them about what is happening.
If you think you are victim of identity theft, click here
to read tips from the Government of Canada