Bullying on social media

Anyone can be bullied or trolled on social media. It can be really hard to know what to do if it happens to you or someone you know. We can help you to cope and report the bullying.

what you can do

Most websites and apps have rules against bullying and harassment, and can help if it's happening to you or someone you know. 

If you've seen or experienced bullying on social media, it's important to: 

  • report what's happened on the site or app
  • block the people bullying you
  • take screenshots of nasty messages, but don't reply to them
  • tell someone you trust, like your parent, carer or a teacher.  

Block and report bullying or sexting

Lots of social media sites can help you if you're being bullied or if people are bullying you online.

Here’s how to report sexting or bullying on:

After you’ve made a report

Not all sites will take content down straight away, and sometimes they might not take something down when you’ve made a report.

Remember that you can keep making reports if you are concerned about something, but it can also help to talk to an adult you trust.

Even when you’ve reported something it can still have an effect on you. No matter what’s happening you can talk to Childline or get support from other young people on our message boards.

Helping someone else

It can be difficult seeing someone being bullied or harassed online. But there are lots of things you can do to help:

Watch: The walk home from school

Watch: How to cope after bullying

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