Common Questions

What can you do about cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a type of harassment using technology, such as social media (for example, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blogs), texting, instant messaging, and/or other methods of communicating over the internet. As with non-cyber bullying, it is deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour intended to harm, embarrass, slander or defame someone.

Good starting points to learn more about cyberbullying and what you can do to stop it include:

  • Is that legal? (CyberMisogyny Legal Guide), from West Coast LEAF, explains Canadian law about issues of online harassment, exploitation, and abuse. Topics include revenge porn, sexting & child pornography, cyberstalking, sexual exploitation & internet luring. It also provides a list of services that can help you.
  • Stalking, Criminal Harassment and Cyberbullying, from The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC), provides information on cyberbullying and how to stop it.
  • NeedHelpNow.ca, from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, is aimed at youth aged 13-17, but contains useful information for people of all ages. It offers guidance on steps you can take with social media providers to remove photos/videos, information on getting help, coping, and reporting self/peer exploitation.

Need more help?

  • VictimLink BC, from the provincial government, provides information and referral services to all victims of crime.

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Last reviewed December 2017
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cyberbullying, online bullying, internet bullying, sexual harassment, sexting