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 Kik 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 usernames for messaging apps and social media to trusted friends. Keep your PINs and passwords secret.
  • Use privacy settings on social networks such as Instragram and Facebook.
  • If you are cyberbullied, don't respond. Stay calm, save any offensive messages and unfriend or block them.
  • Get help! Talk to your parents, teachers, or a trusted adult if you are being bullied. Alternatively, you can call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 - they are available 24/7.
  • Visit the eSafety Homepage to find out more about cyberbullying - including what you can do about it and how to report illegal or offensive content.

 

For more advice for kids about mobile phones and bullying click here.

For advice for parents about mobile phones and bullying click here.

 

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