What to do if you’re being bullied online
It may feel like there’s nothing you can do about cyberbullying but there are steps you can take:
- Gather and keep evidence
Hold on to the messages in case you wish to report the abuse, taking screenshots if needed. Make sure you save all the evidence carefully in one place.
- Report it
You can report abuse to the service provider. For example, email providers have email addresses where you can report abusive emails (e.g. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) and you can report abusive posts on each social media platform.
- Block, ban, delete
If you are receiving abusive emails or messages, report them and then block the sender.
- Don’t feed the trolls
Bullies are often looking for a reaction. Don't respond, especially when you are angry. It's better to say nothing. Just report and block them.
- Reporting abuse to the police
If the messages are threatening or if the perpetrator has committed a crime, report them to the police. Share the evidence you have gathered with the police.
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