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Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls

How do I report cyberbullying?

Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have gotten serious about helping users who have been targeted by bullies. If your kid is bullied on a website or in an app, go to the company's site and look for a section offering support, such as "Community Guidelines," "Safety Center," "Parent Info," "Safety Tips," or something similar. It may make recommendations such as blocking the bully or changing the setting for who can contact you.

If your kid is bullied or harassed over text message, call your mobile phone provider to report the number. You may be able to block it or change your phone number. Many carriers offer additional anti-bullying features for a fee.

If the abuse continues, you may need to enlist the help of your community: your kid's school, his or her coaches, or other parents. If the communication contains threats, you'll need to report it to law enforcement.

To report incidences of online abuse, child endangerment, or sexual exploitation, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

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Adult written by Luvie2013

I'm a rape survivor whose been attacked by religious leaders online for having an abortion at the age of 11. I'm now grown and still suffer nightmares and hurt because of this offense. Personal beliefs should be kept personal. Not posting murder, ugly, and such online. Something needs to be done about this. People are committing suicide at alarming rates and the one's causing them pain continue. Everyone should feel safe online yet we don't. That's detrimental to people suffering. Encouraging others by sharing your own personal story shouldn't result in preachers or anyone being allowed to inject me or anyone with their biblical poison then tell us to kill ourselves. I will continue to share my story and lash out until this is stopped.
Adult written by Honey123

I am part of a group of people who try to save horses from slaughter. These horses are offered for sale by "kill buyers", who are giving a lucky few one last chance at a good life, using Facebook as their platform. We (and them) are being targeted by another group of people who have the misguided and ill-informed idea that if they shut down the kill pens, people will instead buy directly at auctions and give directly to rescues (of their choosing, as they are attacking rescues as well). Their false attacks have resulted in hundreds upon hundreds of horses shipping to a grisly slaughter that otherwise might have been saved. Their attacks have resulted in the pages of the kill buyers, some rescue pages and individual pages being taken down because of false reports to Facebook. I and several others have been repeatedly mentioned and accused of harassment and/or stalking. The individual naming us is trying to deflect from the fact that SHE is the one doing the harassing. This individual is continually threatening us (I have seen threats of bodily harm from her sister) with legal action. This is patently ridiculous. She has even named us in a You Tube video. How can we make her stop? How can we reach a human at Facebook? Thank you!
Teen, 17 years old written by VrouErg

Hi I'm currently in a position whereby I'm buying cyber bullied by another female in my school. She's currently tarnishing my name en ruining my reputation by spreading faulty information about me. She's against my relationship and that has caused so much tension hence she is insanely in love. All she does is spread rumors en recruit other people to help hate me. Please help me!!!!!
Kid, 11 years old

Most websites and apps that allow people to post things and message each other have a report button. When you click the report button, if there is a space for you to explain what happened, explain with the most possible details.
Teen, 16 years old written by III

depends on the cyber bullying and website. On social media there's always a flag/report button. But the chance of your complaint being taken into account is 50/50. Try to find out whether or not your child's experiences with cyber bullying are just a continuation of the bullying they face offline. If so, your problem just got a lot harder.
Teen, 14 years old written by Denton.denton

yes, if its on an app, there is almost always a tab to report the bully to the website. remember to screenshot the mean posts if they want proof
Teen, 13 years old written by Darksouls444

Cyberbullying is horrible but it can be avoided its mostly on chat sites like Roblox Imvu Aj (animal jam) but if you stick with right type of friendly people that you can trust its all good also is some tips how to Avoid it 1.Don't pick Servers that bullying is most common this is a no brainer if you want a good experience don't pick servers that have lots of mean people pick one that has nice people and such. 2. don't pick a innapropriate game or server on the website this counts for Roblox some players make well Roleplaying sites that love making is common and bullying so look out for those. 3. be nice and walk away from the player that is being mean if he follows you then report him the being nice is too make friends to support you when your being bullied. 4. this is the most important DO NOT I MEAN DO NOT! give your information out they can find and stalk you and bully you outside of the game world. these are simple tips too help you avoid bullying
Kid, 9 years old

I haven't seen many cases of cyberbullying or have been bullied on the internet besides being teased harmlessly, but the story of Amanda Todd makes me afraid to even think about the word.