October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and it’s important to raise awareness about the prevention of bullying, either online or in person. It is possible to be a victim of cyber bullying, either through instant messaging, emails, social media, or other mediums. Any form of bullying is never okay and it’s important to take steps if you or someone you know is being bullied through instant messaging or in other ways.
- Acknowledge the bullying and firmly ask for it to stop.
- If online, gather evidence of bullying through chat logs, emails, screenshots, etc.
- If it does not stop, request help from a parent, teacher, manager, or other authority figure. Present the evidence of bullying.
- Going to the authorities or harassment or slander may be applicable. Consult a lawyer or bullying prevention group for more information.
It is important to stay strong and confident when facing a bully, no matter where they are. Additionally, when you see someone being bullied, step in. You standing up for others can make a major difference.