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What is cyberbullying and why does it hurt so much?

Cyberbullying is using technology, including the internet, to bully or intentionally hurt someone else. Sending or sharing abusive texts or emails, hurtful images, videos or memes, starting nasty gossip and chat, or excluding, imitating or humiliating people online are all forms of cyberbullying. If you’ve been cyberbullied you know it can make you feel scared, anxious and sad.

5–12 years old: Being cyberbullied is not your fault

Cyberbullying is when people use technology to bully others. It’s when someone says or does something to make you feel sad or scared using a phone or the internet. Find out more.

13–17 years old: It’s not a joke…it’s cyberbullying

If you’re experiencing cyberbullying you’re not alone. It can be upsetting and difficult to escape. Find out what cyberbullying is and what you can do to protect yourself.

How to lose friends

Watch Claudia, Grace and Bianca explain how what they thought was a simple joke damaged their friendship.

Be deadly online

Cyberbullying can make you feel alone, outside your family, friends and the mob. Learn what cyberbullying looks like and how to deal with it.

Are cyberbullies criminals?

Cyberbullying can cause serious problems for everyone and, in some cases, it can be a crime.

Online gaming – is this bullying?

Online gaming is lots of fun most of the time but sometimes, when you're playing with others, bullying can happen.

Online harassment

Online harassment is an extreme form of cyberbullying that is potentially very harmful. It is also against the law. Here's what you need to know.

Banter vs bullying

Banter is typically playful teasing between friends, whether it’s an inside joke between school mates or a meme you’re sharing in a group chat. But sometimes it can go too far.


Trolling is when someone says something online just to provoke and waits for people to take the bait. Don’t feed the trolls.

Online hate

Online hate can be defined as any hateful posts about a person or group based on their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or gender. Find out what to do if you experience online hate.