Cyberbullying, Human rights and bystanders

Getting help

Practical bystander actions to take if you witness bullying[27]

  • Make it clear to your friends that you won't be involved in bullying behaviour
  • Never stand by and watch or encourage bullying behaviour
  • Do not harass, tease or spread gossip about others this includes on social networking sites (e.g. Facebook) or through other technologies
  • Never forward on messages or pictures that may be offensive or upsetting
  • If you see someone being bullied, keep safe and choose an appropriate response
  • If it is safe name the behaviour
  • Support the person who is being bullied to ask for help
  • Ask a responsible adult for help and report to appropriate authorities if necessary

If you are being bullied online[28]

  • Ignore it and don't respond to the message or images
  • Save the evidence
  • Block and delete the sender
  • Tell trusted friends, teachers, parents and the police if necessary.
  • Report it to:
    • the school –your school should have policies to prevent bullying and cyberbullying
    • the website, social networking site, internet service provider or administrator
    • the police – if there is a threat to safety call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or 000 for emergencies


[27] Drawn from Bullying No Way!, an educational resource established by state, territory and Commonwealth education departments. At at 26 November 2010.
[28] Drawn from ACMA, Teens Tips and Advice, Cyberbullying. At (viewed 8 February 2011); National Centre Against Bullying. At (viewed December 2010).