How do we stop cyberbullying worldwide

Tips against cyberbullying

  • Keep yourself covered!

    Put as little of yourself as possible online! In particular, private pictures, videos or mobile phone numbers should never be made publicly available. This increases your “attack surface” and makes it very easy for potential bullies.

  • Do not answer!

    Even if you find it difficult - especially with lies that are being spread about you - you should not reply to messages or engage in a discussion. That only incites the perpetrators even more.

  • Secure evidence!

    The "good" thing about bullying on the Internet is that the perpetrators leave clear traces. Via the IP address, for example, user accounts on social networks or instant messengers can be assigned to the owner. Often a screenshot or photo of the screen is enough to secure the evidence for the police. Even if it is difficult to save these bad experiences: Only then do you have something in your hand against the perpetrators.

  • Have content deleted!

    In most social networks, you can only report individual images by stating reasons and have them deleted after a review by the site operator. If that doesn't go fast enough, you can also contact the site operator directly and ask for certain content to be deleted. Every website must have an imprint. You can usually find it at the bottom of the page. There you will find the direct contact details of the website operator.

  • Block offenders!

    Most services can be used to block individual users. This means that you will no longer receive any messages from this person.

  • Show no weakness!

    The perpetrators deliberately target supposedly weak people. Once you get involved in the role of victim, the bullying usually only gets worse

  • Confide in someone!

    As in the real world, it is extremely important to confide in someone. Parents are best. Otherwise, friends or siblings can help out for the first few conversations. Does the bullying take place in school: Arbitrators and liaison teachers are specially trained and are particularly suitable as a first point of contact. You can also go to the school management or your class teacher together with your parents. First aid is also provided by the free and anonymous "Number against grief“116 111 (from landline: 0800 111 0 333). Here you will get detailed advice, concrete help and important information if you are affected by bullying yourself. Incidentally, the call does not appear on your parents' phone bill.

  • In bad cases: go to the police and file a complaint!

    Cyber ​​bullying and bullying are punishable by law. It is not uncommon for this to cause long-lasting damage to the victims, for example if lies or embarrassing photos are spread (on the Internet) that cannot be removed easily or at all. In serious cases, report it to the police. This brochure explains the legal consequences that bullies can expect.