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:

  •, 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.
  • Stalking, Criminal Harassment and Cyberbullying, from The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC), provides information on cyberbullying and how to stop it.
  • Is that legal? (CyberMisogyny Legal Guide), from West Coast LEAF, explains Canadian law about issues of online harassment, exploitation, and abuse. Topics: Revenge porn; Sexting & child pornography; Cyberstalking; Sexual exploitation & internet luring; and additional resources.

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Last reviewed May 2015
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