Being bullied can make you feel upset, lonely, isolated or worried about telling someone what’s happening. If you’re being bullied online, by text message, on a social network or in a game it might feel like there is no escape. It can be scary too if you don’t know who’s being nasty or why. Whatever has happened, online bullying can be stopped.
- If you are being bullied it’s NEVER OK. It’s not your fault and you have the right to get help to make it stop.
- There are a lot of different ways to cope with bullying, an important first step is to tell someone what’s happening.
- You might not feel ready to talk to an adult, but do speak to a friend. Or, if you want to talk to someone who doesn’t know you, you can talk to someone at Childline confidentially by calling 0800 1111.
- Don’t retaliate or sink to the same level as the bullies.
- Don’t feel it’s ever your fault, it isn’t. There are many reasons why people bully, but it is never your fault.
- Don’t believe the things they are telling you, they are not your friends and do not have your best interests at heart.
- Don’t take you feelings out on others, even when the bully is making you feel down and frustrated.
- Don’t be a bystander, if you see someone being bullied report it and tell them they can get help at BeatBullying.
5 steps to take if you’re being bullied online.
- Tell an adult you trust.
Bullying can be hard to talk about but you shouldn’t feel that you have to handle it alone. Talk to someone you trust, this could be your mum or dad, your aunt or a teacher. They will support you and help you to put an end to the bullying.
- Talk to someone your age.
Talk to a friend or if you don’t want to talk to someone you know, you can post messages and get advice on Childline’s Message boards.
- Block the bullies.
Most websites will let you block people to stop them communicating with you, you can find out how to do this on most popular sites.
- Keep the evidence.
Keep any nasty emails, texts or web pages so you can show someone what’s been going on.
- Report it.
Report inappropriate, cruel and abusive videos, pictures, comments or pages to the website you’ve found them on. Learn how to report inappropriate content below.
Social media reporting
If your being bullied on one of the social media sites below, click on the links to find out how to report the abuse.