Cyberbullying is not a joke. It’s not something you can laugh off or ignore. It’s not something that only happens to other people. It’s something that can happen to you. And it can ruin your life.

About 37% of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have been bullied online. 30% have had it happen more than once.


95% of teens in the U.S. are online, and the vast majority access the internet on their mobile devices, making it the most common medium for cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is when someone uses the internet or a mobile device to harass, threaten, humiliate, or hurt someone else. It can take many forms, such as:

Sending mean or abusive messages


Posting nasty or embarrassing photos or videos


Spreading lies or rumors


Creating fake accounts or profiles


Hacking into someone’s account or device


Excluding someone from online groups or activities


Encouraging someone to harm themselves or others


Cyberbullying can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. You can be cyberbullied by someone you know or someone you don’t know. You can be cyberbullied by one person or by a group of people. You can be cyberbullied on social media, messaging apps, online games, forums, blogs, or any other online platform.


Cyberbullying can have serious consequences for your mental health and well-being. It can make you feel:


Sad and depressed


Angry and frustrated


Anxious and stressed


Scared and paranoid


Lonely and isolated


Guilty and ashamed


Hopeless and suicidal


Cyberbullying can also affect your physical health. It can cause you to have:


Headaches and stomachaches


Insomnia and fatigue


Loss of appetite and weight changes


Skin problems and hair loss


Self-harm and substance abuse


Cyberbullying can also affect your social and academic life. It can make you:

Lose interest in hobbies and activities


Withdraw from friends and family


Avoid school and work


Perform poorly in exams and assignments


Drop out of school or quit your job

Cyberbullying can also affect your future prospects. It can:


Damage your reputation and credibility


Limit your career and education opportunities


Ruin your relationships and trust


Haunt you for years to come

In short, cyberbullying can ruin your life. And it’s not something you should tolerate or accept.


But don’t worry. You’re not alone. And you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are things you can do to protect yourself and get help. Here are some tips:


Don’t respond or retaliate. This will only give the cyberbullies what they want and make things worse. Ignore them or block them if you can.


Save the evidence. Take screenshots or printouts of cyberbullying messages or posts. This will help you report them to the authorities or take legal action if needed.


Report the cyberbullying. Tell someone you trust, such as a parent, teacher, counsellor, friend, or police officer. They can support you and help you deal with the situation. You can also report the cyberbullying to the platform where it happened, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, etc.


Seek professional help. If you’re feeling depressed, anxious, angry, or suicidal, please don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional. They can provide you with counselling, therapy, medication, or other treatments that can help you cope and heal.


Take care of yourself. Cyberbullying can take a toll on your physical and emotional health. So make sure you take care of yourself by eating well, sleeping well, exercising regularly, relaxing often, and doing things that make you happy.


Remember: You’re not alone. You’re not to blame. You’re not powerless.


You’re a strong, beautiful, amazing person who deserves respect and kindness.


You’re a survivor who can overcome cyberbullying and live a happy and fulfilling life.


You’re awesome.


Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.


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