Cyberbullying is defined as the repeated bullying behaviour of a person or group inflicted on another person or group with the intent to cause them harm, using electronic devices and features.
If you're experiencing cyberbullying, there are a number of things you can do:
Signs your friend or sibling is experiencing cyberbullying
- They are avoiding school
- They seem upset, sad or angry (especially after using the phone or other devices)
- They are withdrawing from usual activities
- They suddenly lack interest in computers or rapidly switch screens when you enter the room
- They no longer speak about or meet up with once close friends
In all these instances, remember that there is always someone to talk to who can help you figure out what to do.
Either speak to a trusted adult or if you’re worried about their reaction, you can contact Childline by phone on 1800 66 66 66, by free text message on 50101 or by live chat on childline.ie.