Online bullying (also known as cyberbullying or trolling) is when a person uses digital technology to send, post or publish content with the intention to harm another person or a group. This behaviour is often aggressive, is repeated and involves some kind of power imbalance between the people involved.
Online bullying can take many forms:
Talk to someone that you feel you can trust. This could be a close friend, a parent, other family members, or even a teacher. If you’d rather talk to someone else, you can contact Netsafe or Youthline for support.
Save texts and emails and take screenshots of anything that might disappear later. Make sure you keep track of dates, what has happened, who you think did it and why.
Block or report the bully online. Most social networks have safety centres with tips on how to deal with bullying on the platforms.
For tips on Facebook, click here.
For tips on Snapchat, click here.
For tips on Instagram, click here.
For tips on Youtube, click here.
For tips on Twitter, click here.
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In New Zealand serious online bullying is against the law – e.g. if someone is:
If you or a friend is in this situation, text 'Netsafe' to 4282, call 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723) or email email@example.com. They are there to help you.
If we see online bullying, sometimes we don’t act because we think “nobody else is doing anything about it”, or “it's just a joke”. But the cool thing to do is take a stand. Don’t just stand by, be an upstander.
You can do this by
If someone posts something on Facebook that makes you concerned about their well-being, you can reach out to them directly — and you can also report the post to Facebook. Facebook has teams working around the world, 24/7, who review reports. They prioritise the most serious reports like self-injury and send help and resources to those in distress. For more information visit facebook.com/safety/wellbeing .
You can also report your concerns about someone's well being anonymously on Instagram. Instagram will send them information with tips about how to get help and some immediate things they can do. You’ll also be provided with information on how to offer help and support. Reporting can be found by clicking on the on the top right of a post.
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Learning about mental health issues means you can check yourself and check in on your mates too. Click and drag side to side to scroll through the topics to learn more.
Mental health is a state of mind. Everyone has mental health, just as we all have physical health. Having positive mental health means we have strong relationships, and cope with everyday stress in life to reach our full potential.
Some people misunderstand what mental health problems really are. When this happens we can judge people the wrong way, exclude them and end up being disrespectful. We can change this by busting those myths together!
Have you got a mate who's just not themselves lately? Maybe a family member who seems angry or withdrawn? Do you want to say something but are not sure how?
It's normal to feel sad, stressed, angry or miserable, especially if we’ve gone through stressful times.
Depression is more than this.
We all know what it's like to feel worried. Unfortunately for some people, worrying, feeling on edge and panic can be much more intense and overwhelming.
A lot of people don’t think alcohol is a drug. It's actually the most widely used and easily accessible drug in New Zealand. It can have a major impact on your mental health. There's lots of help available to learn how to ease up on the drink.
No-one deserves to be bullied. Bullying is a serious problem that can disrupt your life and lead to physical and emotional health problems. You don't have to go through this alone. Help is available.
Online bullying, or cyber bullying, is when a person uses digital technology to send, post or publish content to hurt someone. There's lots of tips on how to deal with this.
Gaming is a normal and healthy part of our lives and it can have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. For a small number of young people, gaming can have a more negative impact on everyday life.
Grief is our natural response to loss - for example, we experience grief when someone close to us dies. We all experience grief differently. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months, for others, it's years.
There's only one of you and we want you to live well and feel good so you can be your best self. Check out tips and tools on how to feel good.
Looking for ideas of how to reduce our stress and anxiety? Practising mindfulness activities can help us chill out and clear our minds, so we can deal with things better.
Did you know that feeling grateful for what we have can improve our mental wealth? Appreciating people and things makes us happy! But it takes a lot of practice so give it a try.
Recharge and refresh yourself! Perhaps it's time to step away, have a break from those digital devices that take up all of our time and focus. Sometimes we can lose track of reality and our relationships with the real world. A digital detox might just help us recharge, regain sight of what’s important and take better care of ourselves.
A good sleep at night helps you manage better during the day. Learn to overcome those annoying things that keep you awake and how to get a good pattern of sleep.
If we want to feel good, we need to make the right choices about what we eat and drink. What we eat and drink not only affects our appearance, but also our energy levels, and the way we think about feel about ourselves.
A strong body supports a strong mind and can help us cope with things like stress, anger and anxiety. There's lots of fun ways to get moving, on your own or with mates. Every little bit counts!
Your mental wealth relies on you taking the time to look after both your body and mind. Sometimes life gets so busy, and you forget to take time out to relax, rest and recharge. Breathing is another way to take your relaxation in life to the next level.
Spirituality generates positive emotions in people. Whether it's about having a greater purpose in life, a religion, or living out your personal values, spirituality can make us feel good.
It's a fact that people who are connected are more likely to be happy. Find out how to stay connected so you look after your mental wealth.
If you or someone you know is in immediate physical danger, call 111 now. If you're experiencing mental health problems or need support, help is a phone call away.
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