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

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
have ever:

  • 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


  1. Don’t get personal — picking on how someone looks, how they talk, their race, religion or family background is not OK.


  2. Say sorry — if you have hurt someone else, even if you didn’t mean to hurt them, say sorry.


  3. Think before you hit send — ask yourself ‘how would I feel if someone shared something like this about me?’


  4. 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. 


  5. 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. 


  6. Break the cycle — if it is safe to do so, call it out or say something else to change the conversation.