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Cyberbullying is never OK

Bullying is never OK; tell someone; follow the G.E.T.R.I.D. steps
  • Bullying is never OK, whether face-to-face or cyberbullying. Use this illustrated guide with your child to talk about cyberbullying. You can also read more in our articles on bullying and cyberbullying.

  • The best thing to do is to tell someone.

  • It’s normal to feel upset, angry and confused about what to do next. Following the G.E.T. R.I.D. steps can help stop the bullying.

 

G.E.T.R.I.D.

G=Go block the user; E=Ensure you keep evidence; T=Tell a trusted adult
  • Go block or delete the person engaging in cyberbullying. This helps stop the bully from posting or uploading offensive content. 

  • Ensure you keep evidence of the bullying. Save and print out any bullying messages. Save text messages.

  • Tell a trusted adult or friend.

 

G.E.T.R.I.D.

R=Report abuse; I=Ignore bullying behaviour; D=Delete online messages
  • Report abuse. For example, click the ‘report abuse’ link on the website. If the messages are threatening, the local police could help.

  • Ignore bullying behaviour. It’s OK to tell the person who’s bullying to stop, but don’t respond aggressively.

  • Delete online messages (after saving a copy) so that others don't see the bullying. Don’t forward text messages to others as they might forward them on too.

 
 
 
 
  • Last updated or reviewed 31-05-2011