What is it ?
"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.
We believe that this extends beyond children and includes adults of all ages, from different backgrounds with different beliefs. We believe that bullying is wrong in any form and that it can be as psychologically damaging to everyone suffering at the hand(s) of others.
Examples of Cyber Bullying:
- Nasty Texts
- Unwanted calls
- Unwanted calls late at night
- Blank calls - no one speaking when you answer
- Threatening calls
- Threatening texts
- Spreading rumours about you on the Internet
- Name calling in Chat Rooms /
- Writing nasty comments on Facebook
- Abusive or threatening behaviour
- Making fun or pointing out any of your disability in a manner to cause offence
- Making rude or unpleasant comments about your family or friends
- Verbal aggression, swear words, unpleasantness
What can YOU do?
- Ignore it if you can - easier said than done
- Don't take any verbal abuse personally as the bully has targeted you to 'make it personal'
- Don't give the bully any importance as that is all they are.
- If you know who it is tell someone who can help like a teacher or a parent
- Talk about it with someone, it may help
- Contact a helpline in your country that helps people like you
- BLOCK the Bully on Social Networking Sites
- Make your information PRIVATE only to friends on Facebook
- Report the Bully and block as SPAM
- Save any abusive texts so you can show someone
- Save any abusive messages on line
- Do not suffer in silence
- Do not let the BULLIES win
- Tell Someone
'CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.
If you're being bullied, or are feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and you're not sure what to do or who to talk to, then CyberMentors is where you can go for help. It doesn't matter how big or small you think the problem is, or whether you're being targeted online or offline, CyberMentors are here to listen and support you.
The best thing about it is that CyberMentors are young people too. It's never easy talking about bullying, and many young people have told us that they would prefer to speak to another young person if they could. That's why CyberMentors are young people like you, who have been trained and are volunteering their time online to help you. It's still important however, that you talk to your parents or teachers if you can'