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Cyberbullying is a form of bullying which is carried out through an internet service such as email, chat room, discussion group, online social networking, instant messaging or web pages. It can also include bullying through mobile phone technologies such as SMS. Check out this page for more info.

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Inspired and performed by students at three Catholic primary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Wollongong, this innovative video production uses their voice and experience to focus on the impact of bullying and provides practical strategies for youth to deal with this important issue. It is an engaging visual stimulus which challenges students to think positively, respond compassionately and act with courage when they are confronted with future incidents of bullying.

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Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying which is carried out through an internet service such as email, chat room, discussion group, online social networking, instant messaging or web pages. It can also include bullying through mobile phone technologies such as SMS.

Examples of cyberbullying behaviour are:

  • teasing and being made fun of
  • spreading of rumours online
  • sending unwanted messages
  • defamation.

Cyberbullying can happen to anyone and the bully can act anonymously if they want. People can also be bullied online by groups of people such as class groups or collective members of an online community. It’s really important to learn how to protect yourself online and to learn how to respond if you or a friend is being cyberbullied. Read on for more info.

How common is cyberbullying?

The number of reports of cyberbullying to the NetAlert Helpline has been increasing, particularly since 2006. An online safety survey conducted by NetAlert and ninemsn in February 2007 found that:

  • 16 per cent of young people said they had been bullied online, while 14% were bullied through their mobile, with boys and girls experiencing similar levels.
  • 56 per cent thought it was easy to get bullied online.

Under certain circumstances (such as harassment and making threats) cyberbullying is a criminal activity and is illegal. If you feel your safety is at risk, contact ‘000′ or your local police. Police around Australia work together to reduce this type of crime and there are serious consequences if people participate in such activities.

How you might be feeling if you are being cyberbullied

Just like bullying in real life, there can be terrible effects on those who experience cyberbullying. Being bullied can lower your self-esteem and you may feel alone, sad, angry and scared. If you are being bullied it is not your fault and there is nothing wrong with you. Don’t be afraid to let someone know that you are being bullied as they may be able to help you.

How to stop cyberbullies

If you are being cyberbullied it is possible that you’re feeling powerless and isolated.

But, there are options and you can do things to stop the problem.

  • Keep a record (including time and date) – This may help you (or the police) to find out who is sending the messages.
  • Tell someone - Talk to someone you trust, a parent, friend, school counsellor or teacher.
  • Contact your phone or internet service provider and report what is happening – They can help you block messages or calls from certain senders.
  • If messages are threatening or serious get in touch with the police – Cyberbullying, if it’s threatening, is illegal. You don’t need to put up with that!
  • Don’t reply to bullying messages – It’ll only get worse if you do. By replying the bully gets what he or she wants. Often if you don’t reply the bully will leave you alone.
  • Change your contact details – Get a new user name for the internet, a new e-mail account, a new mobile phone number and only give them out to your closest friends.
  • Keep your username and passwords secret – Keep your personal information private so it doesn’t fall into the hands of someone who’ll misuse it.

Let us know what you think

Have you experienced cyberbullying, or do you know someone who has? What happened, and how were you able to respond to the situation? Do you have any tips for other people about how to prevent or respond to cyber bullying?

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30 Responses to “Cyberbullying”

  1. sarha says:

    why do people whould wanna bully other people it’s not a good thing so why do it

    • Jenny says:

      Because they think it’s cool, and they usual don’t know what effect it might have on another person. Also because alot of people do it, they think it’s all right to bully other people. This could only stop if people don’t encourage bullying and make it un-cool. Or they do it just for fun which is really stupid

  2. jan says:

    hi i dont like bullys. they hurt lots of people

  3. Eva says:

    I feel that people do this because they are insecure themselves so they feel to feel more powerful they might just bully someone to make them feel normal. Also many people are bullied because the person doing the bullying is only doing it because of peer pressure and they don’t want to be the one left out so they need to sorta earn respect off their friends (not very good friends)to be apart of the group.

  4. zakayla says:

    well its happened to me before and i want it to stop but they just keep going and going

    • lynz says:

      Zakayla, That is not good to hear. We recommend telling your parents or an adult you trust, so that you can work through this. Bullying is not OK in any form you shouldn’t have to deal with it. Check out the factsheet on this page for some tips. Take care

  5. emily says:

    i dont like bullies. they’re mean :( :( :(

  6. Chris says:

    I<3 this website

  7. Chris says:

    It makes me feel good:)

  8. Baz says:

    It should be against the Law Bulling or trying to publicly humiliate someone. Cyber bulling of any sort can turn into things like an old fashioned Witch hunt. Not every one can tell the Truth or does. But what ever happend to Love you nabour? For Give your enemy. And turn the other Cheek? People in Glass houses shouldnt through stones. But they do simple becasue they are hypocrites. Bulling should be STOPED!!!

  9. lilly says:

    i think that this website has the right ideas and ambitions but should be more vocal about your oppinions bullys need more persuasion to stop. so you really need to stand up for yourself as well as other people, you cant always rely on people to help..

    • lynz says:

      Hi Lilly, we agree bullys need to stop for sure, but it is a lot easier to have the support at least one person to do this, we reckon asking for help is one of the biggest steps you can take towards standing up for yourself. We so agree that we need to stand up for others, as bystanders we have an important job for sure. Great to have your support in this quest :)

  10. che says:

    i dont think bullies have low self esteem most bullies will bully people because they can and its easy, this makes them feel good bout themselves and its just something that them and their friends do.

  11. Nathan says:

    I dont like bullies. they hurt peopleleies

  12. makeitstop says:

    Im currently being cyber bullied
    He has released my addressed and phonenumber to the online media like facebook and now being harassed by people I want to sue him and make him stop he is like 65 years old and tells lie so he can be with 20year olds.

    I need a lawyer to help me bt I don’t have the funds to do so does anyone know a free lawyer. I just want this to stop

  13. lulu says:

    i hate bullys

  14. craycrayxx says:

    that’s so sad :( and I agree with “lulusays” I hate bullies :( ((((((

  15. craycrayxx says:

    that’s so sad :(

  16. Adem says:

    people bully others because of their own personnel experiences, maybe at home, maybe when they were younger and so on. cyber bullying is easy to prevent. all you have to do is block the bully.

  17. mikaela says:

    I don’t like bullys at all!
    I have been bullied In my life, and to say, I hat it. but!
    I have learnt to stand up for my self and help those that are being bullied stop the person that is bullying them. one way is just tall the bully TO STOP!!

  18. JANE says:

    NOT NICE

  19. JANE says:

    i did not like it

  20. Help says:

    I’ve currently been dragged into relationship problems with someone who I used to be friends with.
    His girlfriend has threatened to come to my house and destroy my personal property.
    I don’t know what to do and how to react, the issue arose because her boyfriend (my friend) lied to her about hanging out with me (nothing sexual or anything further happened).
    As a result to their problems I’ve been attacked by her and also had racist comments from her thrown at me. I’m scared she’s going to attack my family and my house.

    Please help me, I don’t know what to do and how to deal with this.

    • lynz says:

      Hi Help – sorry to here things have got to this stage with your friend. If you feel in immediate danger please ring 000, otherwise perhaps contact your local police to discuss the situation and see what advice they have. On a personal note, this must be very stressful, is there a local youth service you can contact? Headspace have centres around the country as well as an online help service – you can find out more about there at http://www.headspace.org.au contact them to have a chat. stay safe. Lynsey – TINO Crew

  21. Marshmellow says:

    Hi, my assignment topic is related to cyber-bully and I’m just looking for opinions from anyone on how this issue can be analysed?

    :)

  22. marshmellows friend says:

    Hi me and marshmallow are doing the project together can you please give us some information on cyber bullies because we hate them too and we are trying to stop them :)

    • lynz says:

      Hey Marshmellows friend – did you see the factsheet info above, that has some great info. Also the stories section and video offer info from other young people – hope the project goes well :)

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