Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is defined by the cybersmart website as using technology to deliberately and repeatedly bully someone else. It can happen to anyone, anytime and can leave you feeling unsafe and alone.

Cyberbullying can include:

  • Abusive texts and emails.
  • Posting unkind messages or images.
  • Imitating others online.
  • Excluding others online.
  • Inappropriate image tagging. (2013)

How is cyberbullying different?

  • It can happen 24/7.
  • There is no ‘safe place’.
  • It can involve numerous people having access to what is being posted (text and images).
  • It can be permanent.
  • It can happen without the victim’s full knowledge.
  • It offers a sense of anonymity to the perpetrator.

What to do?

  • DO NOT retaliate – you then become part of the online profile.
  • Block the person if the bullying is on a social network site (see information below).
  • Do not read texts – forward them to a trusted person who can keep them as evidence.
  • Collect evidence – keep emails and texts, screen shot social networks conversations.
  • Tell someone you trust.
  • Report the bullying.
  • If you witness online bullying, stand up for the victim and tell others to STOP BULLYING!

Who to talk to:

Bullying can be reported via stopbullying@padua.qld.edu.au

While there are external agencies, it is preferable that you talk to your House or Pastoral Guardian so the issue can be addressed appropriately at a school level.

 

Blocking Communications

How Do I Block Communications?

The ThinkUKnow website is a joint venture between the Australian Federal Police and Microsoft. It clearly outlines how to block cyberbullying on a number of social networking sites. Please see the instructions outlined below:

MSN Messenger

  • Right-click on the person's name in your contact list and select the "Block" option. You can also block someone in the conversation window when you are talking to them by selecting the "Block" button;
  • Remove the person from your contact list by right-clicking on their names and selecting the "Delete" option;
  • If someone is harassing or threatening you, click on the "Help" menu and select the "Report Abuse" option. Action will be taken if the person is violating the Terms of Use.

MySpace Australia

  • Access the person's profile and select the "Block User" function;
  • Remove the person from your friend list;
  • Save a copy and then delete any comments they have made on your profile;
  • Save a copy and then delete any emails they have sent through your MySpace inbox without opening them;
  • If they have created a fake profile of you or a friend, copy the URL of the profile and forward it to MySpace Customer Service;
  • You can report cyber-bullying to MySpace by clicking on the "Contact MySpace" link, selecting the "Report Abuse" topic and then the "Cyber bullying" sub-topic.

Facebook

  • Go to the "Privacy" page and enter the person's name in the "Block" search field at the bottom of the page;
  • Remove the person from your friend list;
  • Save a copy and then delete any comments they have made on your profile;
  • Save a copy and then delete any emails they have sent you through your Facebook inbox without opening them;
  • If someone has posted an image of you without your permission and named you in the photo, you can remove your name from the photo by selecting the "Remove Tag" option. Ask the person who posted the image to take it down, Facebook cannot force people to remove photos unless they violate the Terms of Use. If someone is constantly tagging you in embarrassing or inappropriate photos, remove them from your friend list so that they will no longer be able to tag you in photos;
  • If someone has posted an offensive post, you can report this to Facebook using the "Report this Post" link under each post.

Formspring

  • Access the person's profile and select the "Block this person" link at the bottom of the page.
  • You can block someone who has asked you a question by selected the "Block" option on that question.
  • A list of all those people you have blocked can be found in the Privacy Settings.

Bebo

  • Access the person's profile and select the "Block" option;
  • Remove the person from your friend list;
  • Save a copy and then delete any comments they have made on your profile;
  • Save a copy and then delete any emails they have sent you through your Bebo inbox without opening them;
  • If someone is harassing you, contact the Bebo administration and they will be able to take action if the person is violating their Terms of Service.

Twitter

  • Access the person's blog page and select the "unfollow" option on the right-hand side;
  • If you are being harassed or threatened, contact the Twitter administration and they will be able to take action if the person is violating their Terms of Service.

YouTube

  • If you have an account, you can report videos by selecting the "Flag" button under each video. Select the most appropriate reason for reporting the video and a report will be sent to the YouTube administration.

Other Websites (Blogs, Gaming, Discussion Boards, etc.)

  • Contact the administration of the website by clicking on the "Contact", "Help" or "Safety" options available on most websites. They will take action if the person is violating their Terms of Use.

Mobile Phones

  • Talk to your mobile phone company and find out if they are able to stop certain numbers calling, or texting, your phone.

Have a look at the policies your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the websites you are using have with regards to cyber-bullying and online harassment. You may wish to save a copy of any forms of cyber-bullying so that you have a record of the activity should you report it.

Remember: Block first, delete later.