Facebook - reporting bullying

Reporting or speaking out about online bullying can be scary. But we're here to help. Take a look at our ways to cope, or speak to a counsellor to get some support with what's been happening.

We're here for you

We can help support you if you're experiencing online bullying.

You can talk to us about anything, whether you think it’s big or small. Talk to one of our counsellors via 1-2-1 chat. Creating an account is easy, we won’t ask for your email and you don’t need to give us any of your details.

We've also got advice to help you report Facebook bullying. Childline is confidential, find out more about what that means.

Childline is always looking to improve our service for children and young people. If you talk to a counsellor via 1-2-1 chat, we'll send a survey to your Childline account to help us improve our site for other young people.

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Being bullied because of sexting

Sexting usually means sending:

  • naked pictures or 'nudes'
  • 'underwear shots'
  • sexual or 'dirty pics'
  • rude text messages or videos.

If you send someone a sexual photo or video of yourself, you can lose control over what’s done with it. The photo might be shared with other people, or be used to blackmail you. Sometimes someone might try to groom you to get a photo or video.

We can also help you to report images that have been shared without your consent or that you might have seen online.


Grooming is different to bullying. Online grooming is when someone uses the internet to trick, force or pressure you into doing something sexual - like sending a naked video or image. This is always wrong.

Anyone can groom someone, and a ‘groomer’ will tell lies and make an emotional connection with you to try and make you do things.

If you think you might have been groomed, or you’re being bullied or threatened because of a sexual image, we can help. You can speak to a Childline counsellor about anything that might be happening or get help to have a picture taken down if it’s been posted online.