It can take the form of sending nasty, mean or threatening messages, emails or photos, videos or putting such materials up on social media web pages.
There are some things you can do if this is happening to you
- You have the right to tell someone, like your parents, or a trusted adult that this is happening.
- You can block the bully from your site.
- On some mobile phones you can restrict people to an approved list, you might need to check the manual or ask someone to help
- You have the right to report it or file a complaint with the website, ISP, or mobile phone company. Look for the "Report Abuse" button or contact Customer Care
For more tips and information on things you can do, visit www.webwise.ie or have a look at the ISPCC Safe Click Code for tips on how to keep safe online.
Be in Control
There are some things you can do to prevent it happening again
- Change password and contact details.
- Block unwanted contacts.
- Report abuse on the site - to mobile operators or social networking providers.
For more tips and information on how to keep control of you space, visit www.watchyourspace.ie
It is not your fault if this is happening.
Some messages may be seen as harassment, which is a crime. If someone sends you messages or images that make you uncomfortable, upset and are sent to abuse, annoy or harass, you can report it to your internet service provider.