Cyberbullying can involve unwanted text messages, chats, phone video recordings or web posts being used to threaten, abuse or harm someone. It...’s similar to physical and/or verbal bullying, but it uses technology instead and social media.
Read the Office for Internet Safety's Guide to cyberbullying, which includes information on when and how to contact service providers if you are being cyberbullied.
What to do if you're being bullied online -Beat cyberbullying
Don’t reply to the messages, invitations (to applications), and photos.
Save the evidence (photo/email/video/web post, etc) as proof.
Tell a trusted person/adult, such as a close relative, a family friend, a teacher, health professional or a youth worker.
Report the bullying to the police or Gardaí.
Report the bullying to the technology providers such as the mobile phone company, web host or website owner. Find out how to report bullying or problems here.
Check out this information on staying safe online.
Text bullying – Beat text Bullying
Texting is cheap, easy and can be great for flirting or avoiding a long conversation that sucks up credit. Unfortunately it can also be used to harass, bully, intimidate and frighten people.
If you receive a text which that frightens, insult, threaten, mocks you or those important to you or make you feel uncomfortable this might indicate you are being bullied.
Email, social networks like Facebook/Twitter and phone calls can be used to harass in the same way.
It is illegal in Ireland, UK and many countries to bully or harass someone by text, phone, Internet or email and if the harassment is getting out of hand you should report it to the police or Gardaí. There are agencies which can support you with this such as victim support.
If you’re being bullied by texts:
Don't stay quiet about the bullying. Tell a friend, your parents, a teacher or someone who will be able to help you and give you support. By seeking support about the bullying, the advice and help you receive , will improve the situation for you.
Ignore and don’t reply to the messages. If the person does not receive a reply from you hopefully they will get bored and stop harassing you.
Don’t delete and retain the messages, you can use them as evidence for reporting the crime.
Report the bullying to the police or Gardaí and your phone company so that the right authorities and organisation are aware of the problem and can give you a new phone number or caution the person harassing you.
ChildLine 0800 1111: get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.