Cyberbullying information for youth aged 14 – 15


You’ve learned about bullying in school. This is the same idea, except it happens online. When someone is mean or tries to threaten, hurt or embarrass someone else online, that’s cyberbullying. It can be:

Where does it happen?

Cyberbullying can happen anywhere you talk to other people online, including:

How does it affect you?

Cyberbullying can be very harmful because there is no safe zone. Cyberbullying can reach you anytime and anywhere, even at the dinner table or in the privacy of your bedroom — and can quickly be seen by a lot of people.

Those who are cyberbullied may:

Those who cyberbully may:

How to protect your online reputation

What is an online reputation?

Just like your reputation in the real world, your online reputation is how other people see and think of you based on what you say and do. Our online actions are seen and judged by others in the same way as at school or while hanging out with friends.

It is important to be aware of your online reputation because it may shape what other people think about you or how they treat you — sometimes even before you meet.

How is it formed?

When you are online, you leave a record of what you do and say. Much of this is permanent, so others are able to see, judge, and respond to it. Things that can form your online reputation include:

How can it affect you?

Friends, teachers, neighbours, parents, employers — if anyone is curious about you, they can find information about you online. If your online reputation is good, it can help you find friends, connections and future opportunities. On the other hand, if you have a history of saying, agreeing with, or sharing negative things or cyberbullying others, it can:

How can you protect it?

There are many ways to improve and protect your online reputation, including:

Sexting and sextortion

Exploring and expressing your sexuality is a normal, healthy part of growing up. But you need to be careful about your choices and who you trust, because it can have unexpected consequences and it may even make you a target of people who want to take advantage of you. Learn about sexting and sextortion and what you can do to protect yourself using the age groups below. You’re probably curious about sex. That’s natural and it’s a healthy part of growing up, but it can have unexpected consequences if you are not careful, and it may even make you a target of people who want to take advantage of you.

What is sexting?

Sexting is creating, sending or sharing sexual messages, images or videos with friends, people you know, or even strangers online. It could be sending naked pictures of yourself or others, sharing a video of someone naked or having sex, or sending a text describing sexual acts.

What is sextortion?

Simply put, sextortion is blackmail. It’s when someone threatens to send a sexual image or video of you to friends, family or other people if you don’t pay them or provide more sexual content.

How can it impact you or your friends?

Sharing naked images may seem harmless at the time. But, in the wrong hands, they can end up hurting you or other people in different ways:

What can you do?

You cannot control what other people do, so it is best to avoid the situation:

If you are worried about images you’ve sent or are being sextorted, you can:


Cyberbullying booklet for youth ages 14-15

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

Fact Sheets

How to deal with cyberbullying

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