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What is... Cyberbullying and online harassment

What is ...Cyberbullying and Online Harassment
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Cyberbullying is any form of bullying which takes place online. This can be done over smartphones, tablets, online gaming, chat forums, social and other media. Cyberbullying itself is not against the law but if the content is threatening then it could be illegal.

Online harassment is the act of sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages and being abusive. If someone purposefully keeps sending you offensive messages that make you feel scared, it could be illegal.

Concerned about online bullying or harassment? What people call 'bullying' is sometimes an argument between two people. But if someone is repeatedly cruel to you, that's bullying and you must not blame yourself. No one deserves to be treated cruelly.


S Screen shot any offensive or harassing messages

M Make sure your privacy settings are set so only people you know and trust can see what you post

A Avoid further communication with or retaliation to those sending the messages

R Report the incident(s) to internet service providers websites and / or social media sites

T Talk to a parent, carer, teacher or friend if you are concerned or contact victim support