Online bullying

Being bullied can make you feel upset, lonely, isolated or worried about telling someone what’s happening. If you’re being bullied online, by text message, on a social network or in a game it might feel like there is no escape. It can be scary too if you don’t know who’s being nasty or why.

Whatever has happened, online bullying can be stopped.

Speak out

If you are being bullied it’s NEVER OK. It’s not your fault and you have the right to get help to make it stop.

There are a lot of different ways to cope with bullying, an important first step is to tell someone what’s happening.

You might not feel ready to talk to an adult, but do speak to a friend. Or, if you want to talk to someone who doesn’t know you, you can talk to someone at Childline confidentially by calling 0800 1111.

Don't hide it!

If you're being bullied, an important first step is to tell someone what's happening. Watch this video of how a boy dealt with online bullying by calling Childline.


  • Don’t retaliate or sink to the level of the bullies.

  • Don’t feel it’s ever your fault, it isn’t. There are many reasons why people bully, but it is never your fault.

  • Don’t believe the things they are telling you, they are not your friends and do not have your best interests at heart.

  • Don’t take your feelings out on others even if the bullying is making you feel or frustrated.

  • Don’t be a bystander: if you see someone being bullied report it and tell them they can get help at Childline 

5 steps to take if you’re being bullied online

  1. Tell an adult you trust.

    Bullying can be hard to talk about but you shouldn’t feel that you have to handle it alone. Talk to an adult you trust. This could be your mum or dad, your aunt or a teacher. They will support you and help you to make it stop.

  2. Talk to someone your age. 

    Talk to a friend or if you don’t want to talk to someone you know, you can post messages and get advice on Childline's Message boards.

  3. Block the bullies.

    Most websites will let you block people to stop them communicating with you. Find out how on most popular sites

  4. Keep the evidence.

    Keep any nasty emails, texts or web pages so you can show someone what’s been going on.

  5. Report mean videos, pictures, comments or pages to the website you’ve found them on.

    Learn how to do this different sites here.

Where to get help

If you’re being bullied there’s lots of help and advice out there.

Talk to someone


On the Childline site you can find out more about online bullying. Being bullied can really knock your confidence so they also provide tips on ways to be assertive which can help deal with bullying and build up your self-esteem.

You can also speak to a counsellor on 0800 1111.