You think you might be involved in cyberbullying
You know it's wrong. Here's how to make it right.
You were mean to someone online, or you're being mean to someone online right now. There's no justification for bullying of any kind. No one deserves it. It's never harmless.
How do I stop?
- You're on this page, so that's a great start. You've recognized what you've done is wrong, and you want to stop.
- Think about why you hated online. Is something happening in your life that led you to redirect your anger online? You may want to talk with a trusted adult, friend or a counsellor about this.
- Apologize to the person or people you hurt. Be sincere. Tell them you're sorry. Ask for forgiveness. Promise you'll never do it again, and you'll never tolerate it from others.
- Consider taking a break from social media for a while.
- Live by the “one minute rule”. After you've written something, but before you send it, take a minute to consider whether it's hurtful. Ask yourself if you'd like it if someone sent it to you.
- If you need help becoming the new online you, the one who never cyberbullies, call a Kids Help Phone counsellor at 1-800-668-6868. Or if it makes you more comfortable, you can contact them online at kidshelpphone.ca.
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