Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying
Don't respond. If someone bullies you, remember that your reaction is usually
exactly what the bully wants. It gives him or her power over you. Who wants to
empower a bully?
Don't retaliate. Getting back at the bully turns you into one and reinforces the bully's
behavior. Help avoid a whole cycle of aggression.
Save the evidence. The only good news about digital bullying is that the harassing
messages can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help.
You need to do this even if it's minor stuff, in case things escalate.
Talk to a trusted adult. You deserve backup. It's always good to involve a parent
but - if you can't - a school counselor usually knows how to help. Sometimes both
are needed. If you're really nervous about saying something, see if there's a way to
report the incident anonymously at school.
Block the bully. If the harassment's coming in the form of instant messages, texts,
or profile comments, do yourself a favor: Use preferences or privacy tools to block
the person. If it's in chat, leave the “room.”
Be civil. Even if you don't like someone, it's a good idea to be decent and not sink to
the other person's level. Also, research shows that gossiping about and trash talking
others increases your risk of being bullied. Treat people the way you want to be
Don't be a bully. How would you feel if someone harassed you? You know the old
saying about walking a mile in someone's shoes; even a few seconds of thinking
about how another person might feel can put a big damper on aggression. That's
needed in this world.
Be a friend, not a bystander. Watching or forwarding mean messages empowers
bullies and hurts victims even more. If you can, tell bullies to stop or let them know
harassment makes people look stupid and mean. It's time to let bullies know their
behavior is unacceptable - cruel abuse of fellow human beings. If you can't stop the
bully, at least try to help the victim and report the behavior.