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


Cyberbullying is bullying using phones and online platforms and games. It can happen to anyone and leave you feeling unsafe.

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 or hurt someone
  • ‘leaving people out’ online 
  • blackmail
  • hate pages

Cyberbullying can make you feel ashamed and alone — separated from your friends, family and the community.

How do you deal with it?

  • 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

Let’s go on a journey …  


Long time ago in the dreaming, stories were told the old way – face to face. This prezi talks about cyberbullying: what it is, consequences for communities. See more videos in the Be Deadly Online suite of teaching materials.

What to do if you see or hear about cyberbullying  

  • Support the person being bullied — ask them if they're OK
  • Don’t forward on 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, is anonymous, 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.

Resources for teachers and communities

This page is part of the Be Deadly Online educational resource.

For lesson plans, community presentations and other information go to Be Deadly Online: about this resource.