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How to Block or Report Cyberbullies on Snapchat

Snaps disappear, but sometimes cyberbullies don't.

For chatting with friends and sharing funny pictures in the moment, teens turn to Snapchat. And though Instagram and WhatsApp have copied the disappearing messages that made the app popular, Snapchat remains the reigning champ when teens want to share something fleeting. But because snaps don't last, they're also the first choice for sharing not-so-great stuff, including vulgar, cruel, or humiliating content.

That's one reason why it's important for teens to know how to block and report people who are bullying them, on Snapchat or any other platform. Of course, safety and privacy settings only go so far in keeping bullies at bay, so it's a good practice to talk to your kids about about how to handle hurtful comments before the problem gets too big. And if the bullying doesn't stop, it's important to gather evidence, talk to the school, and even get law enforcement involved, if there are threats (see the bullying laws for your state).

Here's how to block and report bullies and deal with offensive content on Snapchat. And if you're worried about the bully knowing you've blocked them, Snapchat doesn't send a notification. They'll only know you've blocked them when they search for you in their Friends list -- because you won't be there.

To block, report, or remove a person:

  • Tap their profile picture.

  • Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.

  • Tap Report if you want to alert Snapchat to that person's actions in the app.

  • Tap Block if you don't want the other person to view your Stories or Charms or send you Snaps or Chats.

  • Tap Remove if you don't want the other person to see your private Stories or Charms (they'll still be able to view your public content, though).

  • Note: If you want to prevent a person you've removed from contacting you or seeing your story, go to the "Who Can…" section in Settings and set each category to "My Friends."

To report a Story or Snap or hide something in Discover:

  • Tap and hold a Snap or Story until the little white flag appears in the bottom left corner; tap the flag, and then choose the reason you're reporting the content.

  • To hide something in Discover (if it's offensive, offers products, or just isn't interesting), tap and hold the tile, and then choose Hide.

Christine Elgersma
Christine Elgersma is the editor for learning app reviews as Senior Editor, Learning Content. Before coming to Common Sense, she helped cultivate and create ELA curriculum for a K-12 app and taught the youth of America as a high school teacher, a community college teacher, a tutor, and a special education instructional aide. Christine is also a writer, primarily of fiction and essays, and loves to read all manner of books. When she's not putting on a spontaneous vaudeville show with her daughter, Christine loves to hike and listen to music, sometimes simultaneously.