Cyberbullying is a type of bullying that happens when a person using the internet is deliberately embarrassed, humiliated or threatened through social media platforms, websites, WhatsApp, Mxit and SMSes. This could be someone posting a picture, saying something hurtful or creating a hurtful rumour.

Cyberbullying is just as harmful as bullying in person and can result in the person being bullied bunking school, doing poorly in exams, becoming depressed, abusing substances like alcohol or other drugs and other health problems. Because messages can be posted quickly and anonymously it is sometimes difficult to know where the bullying is coming from which can make it hard to stop it.

Protect yourself against potential cyberbullying:

- Be careful of what you put on the internet/websites and social media sites.

- If you are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. ensure that you are aware of the privacy settings and the security features.

So it's really important to think about what you are posting, who you are talking to and what you say about others. A good rule of thumb before posting something is to think about what you would feel like, if you were the person receiving that post.

If you are concerned that you are a victim of cyberbullying, or know of someone who may be, it is important to get help.

On some social media sites and websites, you are able to report if you are being cyberbullied. It is important to take screen grabs/shots (pictures of the cyberbullying) if you can, to ensure that you have some evidence.

Remember to get some support, you are not alone. You can talk to your parents, an adult that you trust, a friend or call Childline or Lifeline: They can help you to get professional help.

- Childline on 08000 55555
- Lifeline on 0861 322 322

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B-Wise User Kelebz 26 June 2019 22:59

This is a serious matter continuous campaigning and awareness campaigns at schools need to be made inorder to conscioutise the kids about it, the more they know, the easier it is to deal with it and it's power goes down.

B-Wise User TshegoSibs 17 May 2019 16:26

Cyberbullying is a huge problem in schools especially high schools. A campaign on ending this must be done.