Cyberbullying is when a person or a group of people use the internet or mobile phones to harass or bully someone else. Cyberbullying may not harm someone physically, but can cause longlasting psychological damage. Because of the prevalence of new technology, it can be very difficult for victims of cyberbullying to escape from it.
How to deal with it
- Make a note of times and dates of abusive messages or postings and keep a copy in case you want to take action in the future.
- Change your username or ID.
- Change your password and make sure you don’t give it to anybody.
- Change your mobile phone number and only give it to people you can trust.
- Contact your mobile phone provider or ISP and report it to them.
- Block certain people from messaging or emailing you. If you can’t block an email address, you may be able to filter it straight to trash.
- Don’t respond to messages or emails. It is hard, but ignore them.
- If you are concerned about your safety, contact the police.
Forums and social networking sites will usually have an abuse team and you can report instances of bullying to them. You can also use any of the remedies suggested for other forms of harassment.