Almost 50 per cent of Australian teens have seen someone being bullied in the past year, according to recent research.
Social media and other online spaces are the second-most common place this happens.
School is the most common place - but now schools are online too!
If you know someone else has been bullied online, you can help by:
- Not liking or sharing bullying content.
- Changing the subject.
- Contacting the person who was bullied and:
- Check how they're doing
- Reassure them that the bullying was not their fault
- Encourage them to keep a record of the bullying and report it to the site or the Office of the eSafety Commissioner
- Be friendly and invite them to join in fun activities
- Encourage them to seek help from a trusted adult or a service like Kids Helpline or eheadspace.
- If it's safe to do so, tell the person doing the bullying that it's not OK and needs to stop.
- Don't be aggressive or nasty yourself, and don't do anything that might put you at risk.
- If someone is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero.
For tips for parents, visit Dolly's Dream Parent Hub.