Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying

Sadly, cyberbullying is happening a lot. 1 in 3 children have or will experience cyberbullying in their childhood. Most of it takes place through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. But what is cyberbullying?

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when you are bullied via any electronic device. Unlike physical bullying, it's a more anonymous way of doing it and the bully doesn't see the reaction of their victim and can therefore cause more harm. But there are many easy ways you can stop cyberbullying.

Block or report the person who cyberbullied you

There are many ways you can do this. Choose the social media network which you want to block or report someone on and we'll guide you through it.

Facebook Twitter Instagram Snapchat WhatsApp TikTok TikTok

Facebook

  1. Go to the person's profile which you want to block.
  2. Click or tap on the (...) icon (it should be right next to the Message or Follow button)
  3. Press "Block"

NOTE: You can also use the same process to report people on Facebook for inappropiate content or content which contains yourself that you don't want online. In order, to do this on Facebook, press the icon on the post, comment or profile you want to report. You can also do this for posts and comments. This may not be the same for all of them, so check them individually for specific instructions.

DO IT ON ANY DEVICE: You can also access Facebook on any web-enabled device at facebook.com and follow the same instructions.

Twitter

  1. Go to the person's profile.
  2. Press the (down arrow) at the top-right of their tweet.
  3. Click or tap the option which says "Block (username)"
  4. Press "Block" again.

NOTE: You can also use the same process to report people on Twitter for inappropiate content or content which contains yourself that you don't want online. In order to do this on Twitter, press Report Tweet rather than Block (username). This may not be the same for all of them, so check them individually for specific instructions.

DO IT ON ANY DEVICE: You can also access Twitter on any web-enabled device at twitter.com and follow the same instructions.

Instagram

  1. Go to the person's profile you want to block.
  2. Press the icon on the top right.
  3. Press "Block"
  4. Press "Block" again.

NOTE: You can also use the same process to report people on Instagram for inappropiate content or content which contains yourself that you don't want online. In order, to do this on Instagram, follow the same instructions for a post, comment or profile you wish to report. Then press Report rather than Block. This may not be the same for all of them, so check them individually for specific instructions.

DO IT ON ANY DEVICE: You can also access Instagram on any web-enabled device at instagram.com and follow the same instructions.

Snapchat

  1. Tap the icon in the upper right-hand corner
  2. Tap "My Friends" on the Profile Screen.
  3. Tap their name.
  4. Tap the below their name and press "Block."

NOTE: To report users, you need to go to their support site to report users or posts (how to block a user is above.)

  1. Go to support.snapchat.com (this opens in a new tab.)
  2. Find the Policies & Safety section, then press Report a safety concern.
  3. Complete the quiz (don't forget to press Report a safety concern for the first question.) It will probably suggest that you block them. Obviously we don't want to do this so press Yes for the Still need help? question.
  4. Fill out all the boxes so they can get to the bottom of it. Then press Send.

This may not be the same for all of them, so check them individually for specific instructions.

WhatsApp

  1. Tap the Menu button > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked contacts.
  2. Tap the "Add Contact" icon.
  3. Select the contact you want to block.

TikTok

Blocking Users

  1. Go to the profile of the user that you want to block.
  2. Tap the three dots next to the "Follow" button.
  3. Tap "Block".

Reporting Videos

  1. Open the video and tap the arrow on the screen (it should have the text "Share" below it)
  2. Tap "Report"
  3. Follow the instructions, where you'll be able to tell them what the problem is.

Reporting Comments

  1. Tap and hold the inappropriate comment.
  2. Tap "Report"
  3. Follow the instructions, where you'll be able to tell them what the problem is.

Reporting Chats

  1. Open the inappropriate chat.
  2. Tap the three dots in the top right hand corner.
  3. Tap "Report"
  4. Follow the instructions, where you'll be able to tell them what the problem is.

More

If you can't find the social media network, go to Google and search (social media network name) help.

Tell an adult

Another way to deal with cyberbullying is to tell an adult. This can include:

Tips for staying safe on social media