What to do if you are cyberbullied?
Remember; it’s not your fault if you’re being cyber-bullied!.
Firstly consider if it is cyber-bullying, or just someone’s badly worded negative opinion.
If it is a case of CB, take some time (at least 5 minutes) before deciding if you want to respond to or not.
If you know the person(s) involved, before reacting or replying, you can ask politely for the behaviour to stop or post to be removed. Keep a record/screenshot of your request, and of their response;
Do not respond to aggressive messages – there’s a good chance it will only make things worse, and if you become aggressive in response then you could be accused of cyber-bullying too;
Do not forget to always save the evidence! Save and print out any bullying messages, posts, pictures or videos you receive or see. Remember, you don’t need to look at them repeatedly – it’s not necessary to upset yourself further. It’s enough to know you have a record of the cyber-bullying;
Make a note of dates and times of bullying messages, along with any details you have about the sender’s ID and the URL;
Remember that it’s YOUR online space, and you don’t have to put up with the cyberbullying – feel free to block any users that send you nasty messages;
Tell what is happening to someone you trust: an adult, family member, teacher, co-worker. If you do not want to tell someone who knows you – maybe because the bullying relates to your LGBT identity – contact an LGBT support service (there’s a list of them in this e-book);
Report the cyberbullying to the Internet Service Provider and/or whoever is responsible for the website/social network/etc – information on reporting to some of the key sites is included in this e-book;
Do not be afraid to report it to the police. Forms of harassment, bullying and hate speech are against the law in member states of the European Union, and LGBT people are protected under anti-discrimination legislation.