Cyberbullying: What Can I Do?

  • What can I do if I see bullying happening?

  1. What do I do if I get an cyberbullying post or inappropriate post?

    Do not reply instantly OR just ignore the post. "The primary purpose of cyberbullying is to distress or annoy the individual being marked so that they can react with instant emotion. Take time to give yourself an emotional distance, and think clearly before you decide to respond calmly or not at all. It's all up to you." (

  2. How do I document and report the bullying incident?

    A screenshot is the best way to document what happened. If it is in a platform that notifies the sender when a screenshot is taken, take a picture of your phone or digital screen using a different phone.

    Be sure to tell a trusted friend or adult as soon as possible. Share the post using the screenshot or pictures. The trusted friend can go with you to an adult if you prefer. The trusted adult may be a teacher, principal, counselor, parent, or other adult in your life. Your trusted adult can help you take further action if needed.

    Cut communication! Block the sender if possible on the device or application.

    3. Should I continue to look for responses to the original post?

    YOU are in charge of how often and how long you spend on social media. Avoid frequently revisiting posts. The less you check the posts, the less heavy the cyberbullying feels. Take a moment to look after yourself, talk to a friend, or do something fun.

    4. Where can I go for more help?
    National Bullying Prevention Center
    Say Something
    Crisis Lifeline

Say Something: 1-844-5-SayNow- This is an anonymous and secure reporting system that can be used to report concerns of someone's intent to harm themselves or others. Call, download the app, or submit a tip on the Anonymous Reporting System.

Crisis Lifeline: 988 ( call or text) For Deaf & Hard of Hearing use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988; Formerly known as the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal
crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. Call or text 988.