Cyberbullying information for youth aged 16 - 17


You already know what bullying is; cyberbullying is the online version. 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 interact with 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

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.

What contributes to it?

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 contribute to your online reputation include:

How can it affect you?

Friends, teachers, neighbours, parents, employers — if anyone is curious about you, they can find out 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 cyberbullying others, or saying, agreeing with or sharing negative or inappropriate things, it can:

How can you protect it?

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

How to deal with sexting and sextortion

What is sexting?

Sexting is creating, sending or sharing intimate or sexual messages, images, or videos with friends, people you know or even strangers online or through a connected device. 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 16-17

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

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