It is repeated cruel behaviour used to intimidate, embarrass and harass over any telephone or Internet connection. It can be anything from name calling to uploading embarrassing photos, passing information or photos of you or your family, or interfering with your content in anyway online without your consent and in such a way to harass.
How To deal with Cyber Bullying:
- Block the Cyber Bully (find the blocking tools on each software)
- Keep evidence of the bullying by copying the content and saving it before it can be deleted. If on a computer take a screen shot by clicking the Prt Sc SudRq Key (usually top right 3rd key from right on any Windows Computer). Or on Macintosh Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop. Use a camera if unable to screen shot.
- If its by SMS don’t delete the messages. You can take screen shots on iPhones by clicking the off/on switch and home button simultaneously for a second.
- Report the cyber bullying to a trusted adult or person of authority.
- Report the bullying to the platform it is hosted on if appropriate
- Do not retaliate in anyway either verbally or in text
- If its illegal (identity theft, death threats, stalking, harassment) report it to your local police.
How To Report: If under 18 you can contact the Australian Governments eSafety website https://www.esafety.gov.au and go through the step by step instructions to report cyber bullying or to request help to have material removed from an online platform. Complaint Form Here:
The Australian Governments eSafety website has an extensive list of social media and online platforms with links to help and reporting https://www.esafety.gov.au/complaints-and-reporting/cyberbullying-complaints/social-media-services-safety-centres
You can check up on your legal rights in regard to Cyber Bullying from an online resource called Lawstuff.
It is important to know that each state and territory in Australia has different laws for Bullying.Lawstuff provides legal information to children and young people in Australia. Please click on your State or Territory below to get legal information related to Cyberbullying in your area:
Contact your local Police if the bullying is threatening physical harm.
If you are the person being Cyber Bullied and need someone to talk to.
If you have been bullied or witnessed others been bullied and need help contact:
Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) is a free and confidential, telephone counseling service for 5 to 25 year olds in Australia. http://www.kidshelp.com.au
Lifeline (13 11 14) is a free and confidential service staffed by trained telephone counsellors.http://www.lifeline.org.au
The Australian Human Rights Commission (1300 656 419) has a complaint handling service that may investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying
Some other good websites which deal with cyber bullying are:
- www.bullyingnoway.com.au can provide you with tactics that you can use to respond to bullying
- www.acorn.gov.au for adults reporting cybercrime or online harassment.