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Taking Action

You have multiple pathways for help and support. You can:

Report the abuse to the social media service’s safety centre. Depending on the platform, you can generally also block, report, ignore or mute the abuse.

If technology is being used to abuse, stalk, threaten or defame you, there are laws that can help. Collecting evidence will be important if you want to take legal action.

You can also take steps to bury negative commentary. You can alter the context of the discussion with constructive comments or positive messaging. Even pinning a post about a community’s rules to the top of a discussion page can encourage better standards of civility.

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Ways to Respond
to Cyber Abuse

Select a subject below

  • Trolling

    Trolling

    I have received sustained severe abuse or harrasment, including physical threats, stalking and/or sexual harrassment.

    How do I respond?

    Collect

    Preserve evidence

    Block

    Don’t respond and block unwanted contact

    Support

    Review

    Review and update your social media privacy and security settings

    If you are at risk of immediate harm, call triple zero (000)

  • Image-based abuse

    Image-based abuse

    Someone is sharing or threatening to share intimate images of me without my consent.

    How do I respond?

    Collect

    Preserve evidence

    Block

    Don’t respond/ignore and block unwanted contact

    Report

    Support

    Review

    Review and update your social media privacy and security settings

    If you are at risk of immediate harm, call triple zero (000)

  • Sextortion

    Sextortion

    Someone is using my intimate images to blackmail me.

    How do I respond?

    Collect

    Preserve evidence

    Block

    Don’t respond/ignore and block unwanted contact

    Report

    Support

    Review

    Review and update your social media privacy and security settings

    If you are at risk of immediate harm, call triple zero (000)

  • Impersonation/Fake account

    Impersonation/Fake account

    A fake social media account has been set up in my name.

    How do I respond?

    Collect

    Preserve evidence

    Block

    Don’t respond/ignore

    Review

    Review and update your social media privacy and security settings

    If you are at risk of immediate harm, call triple zero (000)

  • Doxing

    Doxing

    My personal details have been shared or publicised online. It may result in offensive comments and unwanted calls or visits from strangers.

    How do I respond?

    Collect

    Preserve evidence

    Block

    Block unwanted contact

    Review

    Review and update your social media privacy and security settings

    If you are at risk of immediate harm, call triple zero (000)

  • DeepFakes/Morphing/FaceSwapping

    DeepFakes/Morphing/FaceSwapping

    My face has been morphed onto another person’s body in sexually explicit material posted online.

    How do I respond?

    Collect

    Preserve evidence

    Block

    Block unwanted contact

    Report

    Support

    Review

    Review and update your social media privacy and security settings

    If you are at risk of immediate harm, call triple zero (000)

  • Defamatory comments

    Defamatory comments

    Someone has posted defamatory comments online intented to harm my reputation.

    How do I respond?

    Collect

    Preserve evidence

    Block

    Block unwanted contact

    Seek legal help

    Support

    You can alter the context of the discussion with constructive comments or positive messaging. Even pinning a post about a community’s rules to the top of a discussion page can encourage better standards of civility.

    Review

    Review and update your social media privacy and security settings

    If you are at risk of immediate harm, call triple zero (000)

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You can
report abuse to

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner

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Getting help
and support

If you are in danger or experiencing distress, you can get legal help and counselling support.

Find support

Take Control
of Your Online Space

By following social media safety tips:

Settings

Check that the settings on your social media accounts keep your personal information private.

Personal details

Keep personal details such as your address, email address, phone number and birthdate private.

Social posting

Don’t post anything that may put you in danger, affect your reputation or be used against you or your family.

Hashtags

Don’t hashtag anything you don’t want to become public. Anything with a hashtag is searchable on the internet, depending on your privacy settings.

Location services

If you don’t want people to know where you are, disable the location services on your device and avoid ‘checking in’ to places and venues. Set permissions in your settings so that others cannot tag or post videos or photos of you.

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