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FAQS about cyber-bullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that’s done by means of technology - for example, using the internet or a mobile phone to hurt, harass or embarrass someone.

Cyberbullying can include things like:

  • Sending/sharing nasty, hurtful or abusive messages or emails
  • Humiliating others by posting/sharing embarrassing videos or images
  • Spreading rumours or lies online
  • Setting up fake online profiles
  • Excluding others online
  • Repeated harassment and threatening messages (cyberstalking)

Most victims of cyberbullies are children, but there are also adults who are cyberbullying victims. Generally, cyberbullies will know their victim, but occasionally they will pick victims they don't know. In these situations, the cyberbully is picking on someone based on a type of bias or prejudice.

You can get more details at Lawstuff.

Heaps of things can happen with cyberbullying.

  • A lot of people can view or take part in it
  • It is often done in secret with the bully hiding who they are by creating false profiles or names, or sending anonymous messages
  • It is difficult to remove as it is shared online so it can be recorded and saved in different places
  • It is hard for the person being bullying to escape if they use technology often
  • The content (photos, texts, videos) can be shared with a lot of people
  • This content may also be easy to find by searching on a web browser like Google.

You can get more information from Lawstuff

Cyberbullying can be a crime under either QLD or national law when it involves:

  • Using the internet or a phone in a threatening, harassing or offensive way
  • Threats
  • Stalking (including messaging someone to harm or scare them)
  • Accessing internet accounts without permission
  • Defamation (spreading lies to intentionally hurt someone’s reputation)
  • Encouraging suicide

You can get more information from Lawstuff.

If this is happening to you or your friend, talking about it helps. There are a few options , so choose the one right for you: 

eheadspace: eheadspace provides online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 – your friends and family can contact them too.  Call on 1800 650 890  

Youth Beyond Blue: Call youth beyondblue on  1300 224 636  or check them out online at

Kid’s helpline: Get in touch with kids helpline. They are on the phone 1800 55 1800,  24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they can talk with you via email between 8am and 10pm, or you can webchat with them between 8am and midnight. 

kids helpline phone 1800 55 1800Kids help line email supportkids help line web chat

If you feel unsafe right now?

  • call Triple Zero (000) if you are in immediate danger
  • contact your local police if:
    • there are threats to your safety
    • there are threats to visit you, your friends or family members. 

If its happening to you, remember:

  • It's NOT your fault
  • You're not alone
  • There is help available
  • It's not weak to get help
  • There are things you can do
  • You can get through this

The guys over at eSafety have some really good advice about what to do if this is happening to you. Here's what they have to say:

  • Talk to someone you trust straight away - like a parent, sibling, uncle/aunt, teacher or a friend.
  • How do you stop it? check out our tips here.
  • Remember you're not alone, and it will get better. Help is available from Kids Helpline and eheadspace.

Cyberbullying may be happening to someone you know. Watch out for these signs.

  • Your friend suddenly being upset after using the internet or their mobile phone.
  • Your friend having changes in personality, becoming more withdrawn, anxious, sad or angry.
  • Your friend becoming secretive about their online activities and mobile phone use.
  • They're reluctant to leave the house; unexpected changes in friendship groups.
  • Your friend starts to avoid school or clubs.
  • They start to look unwell.
  • They're not eating or sleeping well.

Also, watch for things directly related to their social networking activity, such as:

  • Suddenly deleting a social networking profile and account.
  • A whole bunch of new texts, email addresses or phone numbers begin appearing on your friend's phone, laptop or other device.

As part of our zero tolerance for bullying and cyber bullying and commitment to ensuring the safety, health and happiness of all young Queenslanders we’ve established Queensland’s Anti-cyberbullying Taskforce. You can find out about it here

The Taskforce is currently looking for your thoughts and solutions on how to tackle cyberbullying. If you have an idea on how to prevent or respond to this serious issue you can write or upload them as a submission.

Go to the taskforce website and submit your thoughts.

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