The following are just some of the tips which we learned about.
- Be careful online and remember that words have power.
- Think about what you write or photos you add.
- Ask yourself, could these words be picked up the wrong way or cause upset? Is this photo suitable for lots of people to see?
- Tell someone. Talk to a parent, teacher, friend or someone you can trust.
- Keep a log. While messages may be cruel, you will need to have some proof of what has been happening. This will be helpful if the guards or someone in authority need to help. If you don’t want to keep seeing the messages you could put texts in ‘saved messages’.
- Keep your details private and block people. Get a new phone sim and make your new number private.
- If you are on a social network, change your ‘privacy settings’ so that your web pages are secure and only accessed by people you know. Check the privacy settings regularly as sometimes the network may change settings without notifying you
- Be careful about the passwords you use online. Keep this private. You could change your password every month or so to be extra safe.
- If you know the user name of the person bullying, you can block them from your profile.
- Start fresh by setting up a new email address, user name or profile. Ask someone for help if you’re not sure how.
Most importantly, never, ever give out your name, address, phone number or personal information to someone online! Always check with a grown up first!!
Please check out the Barnados website for more information on how to tackle cyber bullying.