Online bullying is behaviour that takes place online. It might be nasty comments made under photographs, people making fun of you over voice chat, or messages sent to chat apps teasing you. This bullying type behaviour happens using phones, tablets, online games or on any other digital technology device.
Sometimes we can even be mean to others online ourselves. This might be because we’re angry or upset at that person or because we’re in a bad mood. Sometimes we can think that something we’ve said online is funny, but it might actually hurt the other person’s feelings. You might not even realise that what you have said could hurt the other person’s feelings because you’re not there in person to see their reaction.
What you need to know
It is really important that we all learn what bullying type behaviour is. If we understand what it is, we will be able to recognise it when we see it happen and be able to take action to help stop it, whether we are experiencing, doing or watching this type of behaviour.
You should also know what to do if you or someone else is experiencing bullying type behaviour online and who you can go to talk to.
Here’s the important things to know about bullying type behaviour:
What is online bullying type behaviour?
Telling an adult that you trust.
If you are experiencing or see someone else experiencing bullying type behaviour tell a trusted adult right away. A trusted adult could be someone in your family, someone who cares for you, a care worker, a teacher or another adult in your school or club that you trust and feel safe with. If you want to speak to someone else then Childline is a safe space where you can talk about absolutely anything! You can contact Childline for free on 0800 1111, or visit the Childline website to find out how to use the 1-2-1 chat.
Blocking and reporting.
How to be kind online.
Police Service of Northern Ireland
If you are worried or concerned about something, please make sure you speak to an adult you trust.
You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in. They’re here to support you.
This is a local service service for confidential text messaging support for 11-19 year olds.