Cyberbullying for Youth

From Public Safety Canada

If you are active online, there is a good chance you have seen or heard of someone being cyberbullied, or maybe you've even been the target of it yourself. There are things you can do to protect yourself and take action if it happens to you or someone you know.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is using computers, smartphones or other connected devices to embarrass, hurt, mock, threaten or be mean to someone online. It is a serious issue that we can stop.

Learn more about cyberbullying

If you are being cyberbullied

See what steps you can take to protect yourself and get help.

If someone you know is being cyberbullied

Learn what you can do to help support your friend and stop the bullying.

If your friend is a cyberbully

See how you can help everyone involved by saying something and seeking advice.

If you want to prevent cyberbullying

Find out how you can prevent cyberbullying by thinking about what you post and share online.

Video

An animated video that introduces the topic of online reputation and gives high-level advice.

Transcript

Whether you're doing homework, chatting with friends, or playing games, you probably spend a lot of time online. And just like when you're face to face with others, the things you say and do online can affect your reputation.  

When you do or say things online that are hurtful, like leaving mean comments, sharing someone's sexual images, or cyberbullying someone, you can damage your online reputation, which can affect how people see you and treat you. It can give others a negative impression of you, and it might affect your relationships and friendships. It can also hurt others.

There are lots of ways you can protect your online reputation. Use privacy settings, limit access to your posts to friends, and think twice before you post: if what you're doing or saying can hurt someone, just don't post it.

Remember, what you post online can be seen by anyone—friends, family, teachers, and employers—it can stay online forever. If you're worried about your online behaviour, or if someone else's actions online are upsetting you, you are not alone. Talk to a safe adult or visit KidsHelpPhone.ca.

[Onscreen: Learn more at Canada.ca/Cyberbullying]

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Cyberbullying booklet for youth ages 12-13

Find additional information in this booklet for youth aged 12-13

Cyberbullying booklet for youth ages 14-15

Find additional information in this booklet for youth aged 14-15

Cyberbullying booklet for youth ages 16-17

Find additional information in this booklet for youth aged 16-17

Need help?

Talk to someone at Kids Help Phone—a free, 24/7 confidential counselling, information and referrals, and support service for young people.
KidsHelpPhone.ca
Text: 686868
Call: 1-800-668-6868

For more places to get help, Resources for Youth.

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