Are you a victim of cyberbullying?
No one is immune to cyberbullying, including celebrities, athletes, politicians, and maybe even you.
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to undertake deliberate, repeated behaviour with the intent to cause harm.
This can be done by an individual or group you may or may not know. Cyberbullying may involve ‘trolling’, abusive language, intimidation, threats and humiliation.
It is challenging to prevent as most people have 24/7 direct access to mobile phones and the internet. It can occur outside of school and after hours.
If your child is being bullied
In the first instance cyberbullying should be reported to the website, app or social media platform on which the cyberbullying has occurred.
Collect evidence of cyberbullying and include it when submitting a report. Examples of evidence you could collect include screenshots, videos, chat logs and web addresses.
Keep a record of this report and the date and time that it was submitted.
You can also make a complaint to the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. They can help you to work with social networking sites to remove serious cyber bullying content. Visit the Office for Children's eSaftey Commissioner website for more information.
You may also wish to consider reporting the incident to your child’s school if it involves other students from the same school.
Here’s a little plan we suggest you follow:
- Collect evidence – take screenshots, copy the URL
- Report the cyberbullying material to the social media service
- If the content is not removed within 48 hours, report it to the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner: Esafety.gov.au/reportcyberbullying
If you are over 18 the incident can be reported to your local police and the Australian Online Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).
If a child is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000).
There are also ways you can build your children’s understanding of the issue and help them understand who and when to get help. We recommend you suggest how the below tips may help your family.
ThinkUKnow top tips:
- Make sure your child knows how to block on every site or service they use
- Help them to build resilience against one-off incidents
- Make sure your children know that they can talk to someone, even if it’s not you. Asking for help is a good thing!