Stop cyberbullying by staying secure online
Cyberbullying occurs when someone uses technology – mainly via the Internet and social media – maliciously to harass or blackmail other people. The mental damage it can inflict on the person receiving it can be enormous.
Cyberbullying can take various forms, such as sending online messages with harmful and threatening content or sending or publishing sensitive information and personal photos on social media and other electronic platforms.
The best way to stay safe online is to learn about all possible measures to prevent cyber bullying, following certain basic rules.
Always keep your antivirus software up-to-date and don't visit unsafe locations.
Keep the microphone and camera disconnected or covered when not in use.
Do not share personal information. Personal information may include your sensitive personal data or photos.
Don't share your password, even with your friends.
Don't post photos of other people without their permission.
Hold some evidence in case you suspect anything.
Do not promote insulting messages or humiliating photos.
Be careful about what you post or share with others.
Don't respond to provocative messages and comments when you're angry.
• trolling (provocative messages causing a collision) or
• flaming do not fall into the trap of answering in a similar way.
do not fall into the trap of answering in a similar way.
Remember! Your answers may be used as evidence, and the instigator may report you on an offense, prohibiting you from entering these websites.
Report any kind of misconduct.
Parents and teachers should ensure that pupils know these rules and follow them.
If you are confronted with a serious online bullying case, you can contact the Cybercrime Prosecution in 1188. This is the right way to manage incidents of online harassment and blackmail.