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Protecting yourself from cyberbullying on the Internet

No one should have to tolerate being bullied – it's never okay. You're not alone, and there is support and people who can help you. It's not your fault and it's not weak to get help; you can make it through this.

What can cyberbullying look like?

  • Having fake accounts created to impersonate another and humiliate them

  • Imitating, humiliating, or excluding others online

  • Sending hurtful or abusive messages, emails, images, or videos

  • Spreading gossip and rumours about other people

  • Anything that makes you feel scared, upset, or frightened

What are some ways you can protect yourself from cyberbullying?

  • Report the post or image

  • Block the person or group

  • Keep evidence; take screenshots or print out copies

  • Don't respond or retaliate

  • Make sure your privacy settings, passwords, and profiles are protected

Where can you get help if you're being cyberbullied?

  • The eSafety Commissioner is an Australian government initiative that offers many resources, support, and guidance. You can find the website here.

  • Report the abuse to social media websites if you're being bullied on their platforms. Read here about how to report to social media websites.

  • You can speak to your local police station and see what support and advice are available. Read about that option here.

  • If you'd like to get advice on your options with the law and cyberbullying, Legal Aid can offer free advice and support.

  • There are various counselling and support services available for you if you'd like support. Read here to get the details of a range of services available.

If what you've read has caused some concerns or worries and you'd like some support, you can call Lifeline on 13 14 11 at any time. They are available 24/7. If you're in immediate risk or someone you know is, call 000 to speak to emergency services.


eSafety Commissioner. (2019). Adult Cyber Abuse.

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