SENIOR BYTE: First appeared in Anglican Cyber Tuesdays 02/02/2020.
Cyberbullying is just the same as bullying, it just occurs online. Gossiping, telling lies and spreading rumours online is cyberbullying. Creating catfishing accounts is not pranking its cyberbullying. Once you post something online others may look at it very differently. You need to rethink that joke or that post. Deleting or posting the comment a just kidding comment doesn’t cut it. It is still bullying and you have made your position clear. Bullying someone online says more about your character than the person you targeted.
It is important that you know cyberbullying includes:
Things YOU can do right now to make a difference:
You can be an upstander (helpful bystander) by:
Remember after you have reported it to the social media service:
If you have done something wrong here is a pro tip: delete it and apologise sincerely, it may not undo what has been done but it’s the first step.
You can find out more about:
NOTE: if you are only going to look at one choose the eSafety Commissioner. They are Australia’s leading authority for online safety and can link to you directly support (including multilingual assistance).
You are not alone, it doesn’t matter what has happened there is someone who you can talk to and help you. You only need to ask! Taking that first step can be daunting so check out the eSafety Commissioner’s – Young People’s section for additional hints >>>>here<<<<!