The last thing a cyberbully wants is for their attacks to be found out. Therefore, it is vital that if a person is a victim of this type of Internet abuse they should inform the appropriate authorities. The advice below should be followed by victims of cyberbullying:
- If it is a defamatory web site then the ISP should be contacted as well as the police.
- Beware of responding to abusive or controversial topics raised in online services such as chat rooms or newsgroups. Most of the time these statements are designed to start ‘flame wars’ and cause offence to as many people as possible.
- Do not give out any personal information such as mobile phone numbers or e-mail addresses.
- Keep a record of all cyberbullying incidents by saving messages, e-mails, etc. for evidence purposes.
- Inform the moderator of a chat room or discussion forum if any cyberbullying activity is taking place.
- Immediately contact the police or mobile phone operator if e-mail or text messages are particularly disturbing.