Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is using phones, online platforms and games to bully someone.

It can happen to anyone and leave you feeling unsafe. It can also make you feel ashamed and alone — separated from your friends, family and the community.

What does it look like?

  • Abusive texts, emails, posts and messages.
  • Threats.
  • Nasty comments, photos and gossip.
  • Pretending to be someone else online to stir trouble. 
  • ‘Leaving people out’ online. 
  • Blackmail.
  • Hate pages.

Let's go on a journey

A long time ago in the dreaming, stories were told face to face. This video shows how technology has changed the way we tell our stories and how phones and online sites can be used to bully and hurt people.

Video: Cyberbullying

Learn about bullying online and what to do if you, or someone you know is targeted.

How to deal with cyberbullying  

If it's happening to you:

  • Don’t fight back!
  • Don’t post abusive messages.
  • Report it and collect the evidence.
  • Learn how to block the person who is bullying.
  • Talk to someone you trust.

If it's happening to someone else:

  • Support the person being bullied — ask them if they're OK.
  • Don’t forward messages or pictures if you see them.
  • Stand up and speak out — keep the messages to show a trusted adult or a leader in the community.
  • Report and block the person — this can be done online anonymously and can help keep you safe.

Worried about cyberbullying?

If you are under 25 you can have a web chat with Kids Helpline or make a free call to them on 1800 55 1800.

You could also check out our advice about cyberbullying for kidsyoung people and parents.