Drama and gossip can feel like a part of life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If someone is bullying or harassing you online you can ask us for help and advice – no matter what your situation is.
How can we help?
Our helpline is open seven days a week to give you free and confidential help. We’ll talk to you about what’s happening and let you know if there’s anything you can do to stop the bullying and stay safe.
We can also look into what’s happening and work with you and the person bullying or harassing you to get them to stop – but we won’t do this unless you say it’s OK. We may also contact online platforms like Facebook or Snapchat to ask them to block or remove posts or other harmful content.
If you’re concerned about the immediate safety of you or someone else, call 111.
Examples of online bullying
- being shamed or called names online
- someone repeatedly sending you unwanted messages
- someone spreading rumours and lies about you
- someone using fake accounts to make fun of you
- being hacked or impersonated by someone else
Dealing with online bullying
We’ve put together some tips to help you to deal with online bullying.
Talk to someone that you feel you can trust. This could be a close friend, a parent, other family members, or even a teacher. If you’d rather talk to someone else, you can contact Netsafe or Youthline for support.
Save texts and emails and take screenshots of anything that might disappear later. Make sure you keep track of dates, what has happened, who you think did it and why.
Block or report the bully online. Most social networks have safety centres with tips on how to deal with bullying on the platforms. Here are some handy links:
Protect your info
- Use privacy settings to protect what you publish online.
- Don’t give anyone your password.
- Log out when you finish using a site on a shared device.
If you’re worried for your immediate safety, call the Police on 111.
If someone is:
- encouraging you to hurt yourself
- sharing intimate images of you without your consent
- encouraging others to send harmful messages to you
- sharing your private information without you permission
Call 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More advice and information
- Contact Netsafe by completing an online contact form or call us toll-free seven days a week on 0508 NETSAFE
- Online bullying – what is it and what you can do about it
- Netsafe’s online bullying, abuse and harassment service
- Check out Netsafe’s resources for young people