Some practical tips to avoid the problem.

Try not to immediately over react to harmful information you may find online about you, it could make matter worse. Try to avoid responding directly to the bully it is likely to be more giving your bully provocative and invite the bully to add more hurtful comments about you.  Also by responding to the bully it gives them a sense that what they are doing is hurting you so that encourages them to continue to bully you.

The best thing you can do is immediately block the bully from your social media accounts and report them to the right adult so they can take action on your behalf.

In 2017 a law against cyberbullying was introduced. According to this law, any minor under 14 who is a victim of bullying or their parents, , can ask  the internet or social media provider to remove or block harmful content shared online. This should happen within 24 hours, if it does not then you should go to cyberbullismo@gpdp.it and get the details of the   authority for the Protection of personal data to take action.

It is a good idea to try and keep any online messages you receive from a bully, it could be of use if you report this so action can be taken against them.

Don’t feel guilty: what is happening it does not depend on you.

Try talking to an adult you trust or contact Telefono Azzurro: you can trust our experts who are here to listen to your concerns who you can trust, who understands your problems and needs and is always available to hear you and can offer advice and help to you. You can find call us onus calling the 1.96.96, a free service, active h24/7 or using our online chat (accessible form this link) from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 1022.00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

17 December 2019

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