Bullying on mobile phones
Sometimes bullying can happen using prank phone calls, text messages or photos. Nobody has the right to bully you and if you are receiving messages or calls that make you feel upset or uncomfortable it is not your fault.
It may help to save text messages that you receive so that you can show them to someone you trust. If you are being bullied, you have a right to tell someone that you trust and get help and support. There might be an adult, a family member or teacher, that you would feel comfortable talking to, or you can always call Childline on 1800 666 666 .
Some messages may be seen as harassment, which is a crime. If someone sends you messages or images that are indecent, lewd, or obscene with the intent to abuse, annoy, harass, or threaten you, you can report it to your mobile network provider.
There are a few things you can do to try to make texting safer for you.
- Try not to reply to any messages when you don’t know who they are from
- Be careful about texting info about yourself to someone you don’t know.
- It may help to save text messages that you receive so that you can show them to someone you trust.
- It might be a good idea to talk to an adult about how you can be safe while texting with your mobile.
- Check your phone’s handbook and see if it’s possible to block numbers or ask an adult you trust to help you
- Change your phone number – some networks might let you do this for free. It might help to get an adult to help you ring the mobile phone company
If you are being bullied & feel you need to talk to someone about it you can talk to us on line or on our Bullying support text service by texting the word ‘bully’ to 50101. This service is available every day from 10am -4am.