How do I know if I have been mean to others online?
Before you answer, think carefully.
You may have bullied someone online if you
- sent hurtful messages, comments or images
- forwarded a mean message sent by someone else
- shared messages with other kids that were just meant for you
- deliberately left someone out
- spread lies about someone
- been mean to other players while gaming
- created a fake online profile to make fun of someone
How does it feel to be cyberbullied?
- Some people who are bullied online say the bullying follows them everywhere, even on holidays.
- It can feel like the only way to escape is to stay offline. This can feel very lonely and cuts people off from friends and support.
- Being bullied can make you feel anxious, depressed and lonely.
- Some people may feel angry and want to hurt the person who has been bullying them.
What to do
Don’t get personal — picking on how someone looks, how they talk, their race, religion or family background is not OK.
Say sorry — if you have hurt someone else, even if you didn’t mean to hurt them, say sorry.
Think before you hit send — ask yourself ‘how would I feel if someone shared something like this about me?’
It’s not just about likes — remember that it is not OK to send or post something that will get lots of likes if it hurts someone else.
Ask for help — talk to an adult you admire and trust. They can help you change your behaviour and will respect you for reaching out.
Break the cycle — if it is safe to do so, call it out or say something else to change the conversation.