Bullying on social networks

Cyberbullying (online bullying) on social networks can happen to anyone at any time. Social networks should be a place where you can connect with friends and share stuff. It can be really hard if you’re being bullied online but we’re here to help.

what you can do

Often the first thing to do is block the person doing the bullying and report them to the website. This can sometimes help get the bullying stopped. But each social network is different and it’s not always easy to know how to deal with online bullying on different sites.

That’s where this page can help. We’ve got lots of advice on how to block and report people who bully on different apps and sites.

Things you can do to get help:

Report sexting or bullying on social media

Social networks don’t allow naked images of people under 18. This includes photos of children who have turned 18 since the pictures were taken. If you see a naked image of someone under 18, or someone has shared a naked picture of you, this is illegal and there are things that you can do.

If you're over 18 and someone’s shared a naked or sexual picture of you without your consent they’re breaking the law. It’s not always possible to get these images taken down but there’s a special Revenge Pornography Helpline for people who are over 18 that can help.

Here’s how to report sexting or bullying on:

Get help with bullying videos

Bullying videos can be posted online on social media, live-streaming sites and photo sharing apps like Snapchat. If the video is of you it might make you feel worried or helpless. It can feel shocking or upsetting when you see a video like this but there are things you can do.

Watch: Stop, Speak, Support - Cyberbullying guidance

3 things to try if someone's uploaded a video of you

  • report the video on the site it appears
  • don't comment on the video - it could make the bullying worse
  • talk to someone about it.

 

Watch: How to cope after bullying

Watch: how to help a friend who's being bullied

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