Each social platform offers different tools (see available ones below) that allow you to restrict who can comment on or view your posts or who can connect automatically as a friend, and to report cases of bullying. Many of them involve simple steps to block, mute or report cyberbullying. We encourage you to explore them.
Social media companies also provide educational tools and guidance for children, parents and teachers to learn about risks and ways to stay safe online.
Also, the first line of defence against cyberbullying could be you. Think about where cyberbullying happens in your community and ways you can help – by raising your voice, calling out bullies, reaching out to trusted adults or by creating awareness of the issue. Even a simple act of kindness can go a long way.
If you are worried about your safety or something that has happened to you online, urgently speak to an adult you trust. Many countries have a special helpline you can call for free and talk to someone anonymously. Visit Child Helpline International to find help in your country.
Facebook/Instagram: We have a number of tools to help keep young people safe:
You can opt to ignore all messages from a bully or use our Restrict tool to discreetly protect your account without that person being notified. You can moderate comments on your own posts. You can modify your settings so that only people you follow can send you a direct message. And on Instagram, we send you a notification you’re about to post something that might cross the line, encouraging you to reconsider. For more tips on how to protect yourself and others from cyberbullying, check out our resources on Facebook or Instagram.
Twitter: If people on Twitter become annoying or negative we have tools that can help you, and the following list is linked to instructions on how to set these up.
Mute - removing an account's Tweets from your timeline without unfollowing or blocking that account Block - restricting specific accounts from contacting you, seeing your Tweets, and following you Report - filing a report about abusive behaviour