Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online, via smartphones, tablets, gaming, chat forums and social media. If someone is repeatedly cruel – that is bullying. No one should blame themselves. No one deserves to be treated badly.
Four simple steps to stop bullying online
- Do not respond to any messages – most of the time, bullies are only after a response, so don’t let them have this from you.
- Screenshot any messages – capture any copies of the messages.
- Mute accounts so you can no longer see the users. You can hide messages or posts from users without them ever finding out? Using ‘mute’ (or similar) features on social media still shows you following other users, but their updates do not appear in your feeds or timelines. Check the settings page on the social media site to find out how to do this. If you accidentally muted someone, you can also ‘unmute’ them without them knowing either!
- Tell Someone – take the messages you have screenshot, and show a trusted grown up, so something can be done.