Online harassment is a term used to describe negative incidents that happen online
For many of us, time spent online is engaging, positive and a lot of fun!
Technology has brought so much opportunity to our lives but it also carries risks that we need to be aware of.
Online harassment can include everything from cyberbullying and posting of abusive or threatening messages to identity theft and impersonation. The term also covers someone pressuring you to share intimate images with them which are could be circulated afterwards.
If you are being harassed in any way online, here are a few things you can do:
Support is available
If you’re worried that your parents / carers won’t understand what you are talking about or will take away your device, you can always talk to Childline.
There is someone there to listen and support you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
You can get in touch by phone on 1800 66 66 66, by free text on 50101 or by live chat on childline.ie