Are you a victim of cyberbullying? Find out about CyberMentors and how it can help you.
If it’s happening to you…
Around one in three young people are victims of cyberbullying. If you think it might be happening to you start by taking these simple precautions to prevent it:-
- Don’t reply to any nasty emails, text messages or comments that you’ve received. It’s exactly what the bully wants and will only result in them contacting you more often.
- Keep a record of anything you’ve received.
- Contact your phone service and ask if they can block calls and messages, or ask to change your phone number.
- Block contacts on your messenger service.
- Talk to someone who can help – whether it’s a teacher, parent or friend.
What is CyberMentors?
CyberMentors is a social networking website that is run by the charity Beat Bullying. It helps and gives support to young people who are victims of cyberbullying, as well as young people who are feeling low for any other reason.
How can it help?
If you have a problem that you want to talk about then you can chat to a young mentor or a trained professional online. If you need help immediately you can send CyberMentors a message and someone will get back to you straight away. Message CyberMentors here.
If you don’t have connection to the internet, you’ll soon be able to text CyberMentors regarding any of your problems – keep checking this link for more information.
Talk to a mentor
The mentors are all young people, and they’re also trained to help you out – so they’re more likely to understand what you’re going through.
Amber, 13, is a CyberMentor and says, “I’m hoping to help people who are being bullied, not just by telling them what to do, but also by encouraging them so they can work out the best way to handle things for themselves.”
However, if you feel that your problem is serious, you can speak to a counselor for more help.
There might even be a CyberMentor in your school who you can talk to face-to-face.
Even celebrities understand how important it is to tackle cyberbullying. N- Dubz, Georgina Gagen and Ken Kennedy have all done their part to help victims out.
N-Dubz created a ringtone for CyberMentors.
Some Celebrities have experience bullying too. Boxing champion Joe Calzaghe who supports CyberMentors, has admitted that he was once a victim. He explained that it turned him from a, “Happy, out going kid who enjoyed school and schoolwork into an introverted wreck, detached from (my) studies and scared of (my) own shadow during school hours.”
Want to be a mentor?
If you want to help people who are victims of cyberbullying, you can take part in training courses that are happening in schools all over the country. Contact Laura for more information.