Mobiles and bullying – tips for kids

Where would you be without your mobile?

It’s a great way to stay in touch with friends – by texting or via instant messaging apps like WhatsApp or iMessage – as well as social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.

But bullies can also make use of mobile technologies and in some cases their actions can be illegal and involve the police.

Tips on protecting yourself from cyberbullies:

  • Only give your mobile number and profile details for messaging apps and social media to trusted friends who you know in real life. Always keep your PINs and passwords secret.
  • Use privacy settings on social networks such as Instagram and Facebook so that your profile can only be seen by people you know and want to see it.
  • Not everyone is who they say they are online. People often pretend to be someone else so don’t connect or respond to anyone online unless you already know them in real life. If you have doubts, talk to your parents, teachers or a trusted adult.
  • If you are cyberbullied, don’t respond. Stay calm, save any offensive messages and unfriend or block them.
  • Get help! Always talk to your parents, teachers, or a trusted adult if you are being bullied. If you feel like you can’t talk to them, you can call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 – they are available 24/7.
  • Visit the eSafety website to find out more about cyberbullying – including what you can do about it and how to report illegal or offensive content.
  • The eSafety website also has specific information about games, apps and social media platforms – including how to set privacy settings, age restrictions and what to do if you have a problem.