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Mobiles and bullying - advice for kids.

Mobile devices are a great way to stay in touch with friends and know what’s going on. They enable you to text, web browse, email, video, chat, social network and play games.

However, bullies can abuse and misuse mobiles to cyberbully others. Cyberbullying is totally unacceptable. It can also be illegal.
Cyberbullying can be distressing for you, your family and friends. It involves behaviours such as: calling others names, spreading rumours, pretending to be someone else (also called identity theft) and saying nasty and hurtful things. It can also involve threats and intimidation.
Don’t get involved in cyberbullying. Some people think they can get away with doing and saying things on their mobiles in the digital world that they would not do face-to-face. You are not anonymous. Your comments on blogs and social networks, pictures sent by text and video uploads all leave a digital footprint. Just as it's important to be a good citizen in real life, it's also important to be a good digital citizen and you may want to read the ACMA's Digital Citizens Guide.
If you are a victim of cyberbullying it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault, you are not alone and there is something you can do about it. Don’t face it alone – you need to talk to someone you can trust.
1.       Protect yourself
 
2.       What to do if you receive unwanted messages or calls
 
3.       You are not alone. Get help from a trusted adult, such as a parent or teacher. For more help on how to deal with or report cyberbullying go to the eSafety Homepage.
 
 You can also contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 - they are available 24/7.

 

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