We often talk about cyberbullying and stalking, but do you know what to do if you experience it? Here we’ve laid out some simple steps to take.
1. Document it!
Take screenshots, save the messages, take photos or write it down. Bullies that have relied on ambiguity or denial for their behaviour can’t do that when you have evidence!
2. Block the bully
This can include unfollowing, blocking them from your contact list (don’t delete their number, they will still be able to text and call you). You can also “soft block” them in different social media accounts where they will be unaware they have been blocked.
3. Report the bully
Talk to your parents, school, counsellor, or teacher. If it’s really bad or life-threatening, you may want or need to go to the police.
Always remember to talk to a trusted adult even if you’ve done all these things. You might think that you’re coping ok but it’s best to make sure someone knows what’s happened.
If you don’t have anyone to talk to, call kids helpline on 1800 55 1800 (Australia) at any time, for any reason.