What can I do if I am being anonymously cyberbullied?

By Anti-Bullying Campaign

It can be really difficult to experience anonymous cyberbullying, not knowing who is carrying it out or why you’re being targeted can d make you unsure about how to take action against it. Below is our best advice about what you can do if you or someone you care about is being cyberbullied anonymously.

Definition

Anonymous Cyberbullying – When a person bullies others using technology to disguise their identity. It can be done by mobile phone or over the internet.

Our Top Tips

  •  Speak out – Make sure you tell someone about what’s going on. It could be a friend or a trusted adult but it’s really important that you don’t suffer in silence.
  •  Don’t reply – People who bully anonymously are normally looking to get a reaction out of others, by not replying you’re not giving them that satisfaction.
  • Save the evidence – This is important in case the bullying escalates further. Taking a screenshot is an effective and quick way of doing this.
  • Report – Most social networks have a way of reporting negative content on their platforms. Make sure you know where this is and don’t be afraid of using it, it’s quick and effective if there is an offensive post that needs taking down. If you’re being bullied via mobile phone you can also get in contact with your network provider who will be able to guide you further.

 

 Speak out – Make sure you tell someone about what’s going on. It could be a friend or a trusted adult but it’s really important that you don’t suffer in silence.

 

  • Block – Most social networks have a ‘block’ feature which allows you to stop interaction with other users. Information on how to do this can normally be found within platform’s safety centres. On mobile phones this can normally be done within the “settings” menu.
  • Privacy settings – With most social networks you can adjust your privacy settings to stop people you don’t want interacting with you.
  • Support – Bullying of any form can be difficult to deal with on your own, if you feel like you want to talk to someone about it you can get in touch with ChildLine in the UK (0800 11 11) or Ireland (1800 66 66 66).
  • Police – If you feel that the incident is serious enough to be a criminal offence then you can engage your local police force and make a report. You can do this in the UK by ringing 101 or in Ireland by contacting your local Gardaí station.

If you have any questions or need more support you can ask us anonymously on ASK.fm or email us: antibullying@diana-award.org.uk. If you’re looking for other support you can check out our website: www.antibullyingpro.com/support-centre