How to…avoid online bullies
Avoid cyber bullying on social sites like facebook
How to…avoid online bullies
Some tips for anti-bullying week
Submitted by CURRENT
22/11/13
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This week is anti-bullying week, when organisations raise awareness and try to help victims of bullying who might be suffering in silence.

As more and more of our interactions with people take place on the internet, it’s important to know how to protect yourself from cyberbullying, which can happen on social media websites like facebook, YouTube or via online gaming.

BeatBullying is one of the websites that’s working towards a bully-free world. They’ve got the following advice on how to avoid online bullying as much as possible.

Putting yourself out there

Think about what you’re posting online before you do it. Once you post a photo or video of yourself to a public website, you won’t be able to control who sees it or what happens to it, for example if others share or download it.

Private: keep out!

Websites like facebook allow you to set posts to ‘private’ so that only friends see it. Never give your passwords to anyone, and check the privacy settings on all your accounts.

Safe house

Make sure you don’t post anything online that might give away your address, phone number or email address. These might give potential bullies other ways of getting in touch with you.

Online friends are still strangers 

You can make great friends online, but you should never go to meet them in real life unless you’ve told a parent or guardian and they can come with you. Not everyone is who they say they are.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Be respectful and tolerant of others online. It’s easy to be misunderstood and for things to be taken the wrong way. Think about what you’re saying before you post it. Also, remember that other people are entitled to their opinions, so try not to get angry with people you disagree with.

Google yourself

Type your name into Google now and then to see what information is available about you online. If you see things you don’t like, you might be able to change or remove it.

Speak up

If you see something abusive online, make sure you report it, flag it as abusive, or do whatever else you can. Don’t ignore it, because it won’t just go away and people should not be allowed to get away with unacceptable behavior, online or off.

If you feel you're being bullied online, at your school, home, work or unit, speak to your CO or another adult you trust. You can also check out www.beatbullying.org where you can chat to understanding people your own age, or call Childline on 0800 1111 for free.