Cyberbullying - Deaf Zone

Cyberbullying (online bullying) is when somebody threatens or says nasty things to someone over the internet. It’s wrong. But if it's happening to you, it can be stopped.

Stopping cyberbullying

If you've been experiencing online bullying, try these things to help get it stopped. 

  • don’t reply to messages from the person doing the bullying as this might encourage them to send more
  • don't believe what any nasty messages say about you
  • save the nasty messages so you can show them to an adult
  • change your online nicknames or user ID to something different
  • never give out personal details such as your phone number, home address or which school you go to
  • if you are being bullied on a social networking site such as Facebook, you can report it on the website
  • chat by using 1-2-1 counsellor chat (which works like instant messenger) or by sending an email.

How online bullying can make you feel

Online bullying can lead to you feeling scared, embarrassed, depressed, alone and stressed out. Nobody has the right to make you feel this way.

If bullying happens at school, you can usually get away from it for a bit when you get home. However, it can feel like there is no escape from online bullying.

Online bullying is also difficult to deal with because you might not know who is behind it or how many people are involved.

Remember that things can get better. Telling someone about what’s going on is often the first step in getting bullying stopped. You can always talk to a Childline counsellor on 1-2-1 counsellor chat or through email.

3 things to remember:

  • if you're being bullied, it's not your fault
  • tell someone you trust, like a parent or teacher
  • you can block and report people who bully on social networks

How to stop online bullying

How can I get help from Childline?