The internet lets us watch videos, play all kinds of games and find out interesting stuff.
But sometimes people can be mean on the internet, just like some people are mean in real life.
If someone is being mean to you while you are on the internet or on a mobile phone
- tell someone about it. Tell one of these people: your mum or dad, your teacher, an aunty, an uncle, a grandparent, your brother, your sister or a friend. Keep telling them until they help.
- don’t answer any of their mean comments. Save them and show them to a parent or teacher
- get a parent or teacher to help you block them so they can’t contact you any more
- report them to the game/video host so they get blocked
- remember it isn’t your fault if someone is mean online. Nobody should be bullied
- you can call the Kids Helpline for help on 1800 55 1800, or visit their website
If someone is being mean to a kid you know
- don’t join in. Even if their comments are funny and you think they are true – if they might hurt another person don’t join in
- don’t share any mean pictures or videos or spread mean gossip
- report bullying to someone that can help. Find a teacher or parent and tell them what is happening. If you are scared you can write a letter and post it under their door
- Support them. Tell them you are sorry they are being picked on.
Need to talk?
Has something happened online that makes you feel uncomfortable, scared or sad?
Talking to friends and family can help. It can also help to talk or to visit Kids Helpline or call them on
1800 55 1800. It is free to call and anything you say is just between you and Kids Helpline.