Tips to help prevent cyberbullying

Own your digital reputation. Take control of your digital profile and make sure you’re putting your best self online. The Internet is a public space, so only share photos or personal details that you’d share with teachers, universities or employers. Make sure that you are proud of what’s posted and of what the world will see.

Keep your private information under control. Internet conversations let you keep in touch with friends, but keeping conversations (and your usernames/profiles) free of personal information like your password, full name or even the name of your school, is important.

Be nice (and pass it on). Be respectful online and treat people the way you’d want to be treated. If someone is being disrespectful or bullying you, try to ignore them, and use privacy tools to block them from viewing your full profile and contacting you. If it doesn’t stop, tell a trusted adult.

Know your rights. You have the right not to respond to email or other messages that are inappropriate or make you feel scared. If you get a message that doesn’t feel right, don’t respond. Instead, show it to your parents, guardians or another trusted adult and report the incident to your Internet service provider.

Have a family chat. Be part of the dialogue - talking to your parents or guardians doesn’t mean giving up your privacy. But everyone benefits when you talk about online activities, including when and how long you can go online and what activities you can do online.

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