Be Creative, Be Yourself, BE in Control!
Cyberbullying can be a very distressing experience, if you or someone you know is being bullied on the Internet or Phone don't let it continue.
Cyberbullying can take the form sending mean or threatening text messages or emails, posting defamatory remarks or embarrassing pictures on a website, stealing someone’s identity or accessing their social media accounts for malicious purposes.
Cyberbullying is a far more cowardly practice than traditional bullying as it appeals to people who wouldn't have the nerve to engage in malicious behaviour offline. It is sneaky, devious and doesn't require any physical strength.
If you are the victim of offensive texts, unwelcome comments on Facebook, or other threatening behaviours on the Internet you can take action.
Do not be afraid to tell someone who can support and help you.
To chat with someone from Childline in confidence
Text the word”TALK” to 50101
Do not reply to messages that annoy or upset you because that is exactly what the sender wants.
Keep the offending messages
You don't have to read them, but they can be used as evidence.
It is vital to have a record of the incident when you look for help or want to report it.
Website owners, Mobile Phone companies and Gardai all look for evidence before they can take action.
Block the sender
You don't need to put up with with anyone harassing you.
You can take control, by not putting up with offensive content by reporting when it happens.
Responsible websites and mobile phone operators provide ways for their users to report things such
as bullying content or other offensive material.
Report to the website or mobile phone operator.
Respect yourself and others – know your rights – be creative! Be yourself! Be in control!
If something that is intended to be hurtful or offensive to someone is posted on a website or circulated by mobile phone, your first step should be to contact the owners of the service. If this doesn't have any effect, report the incidents to the Gardai or Hotline.ie.
Illegal issues include someone making inappropriate sexual suggestions, racist remarks or persistent bullying. These incidents can be reported anonymously to Hotline.ie - all reports are taken very seriously and passed on to Gardai where appropriate.
If you are being bullied by mobile phone, contact your mobile phone operator.
They can help by changing you phone number.
Don't Suffer Alone - Don't let the bully win - Tell Someone
Check out the following websites for further help with dealing with cyberbullying: