These days on social media and just being present ‘online’ – there are many types of unwanted behaviours that are evident. A big concern for young people and teens is Cyberbullying. While this term has been around for quite some time, it has become more prevalent and the consequences upon victims and their families are unjust.

E-Safety Commissioner has enlisted a few strategies and skills to help anyone facing cyber abuse. If you feel you need more support, please contact Youth Services for additional support.

There are a number of ways you can respond to cyber abuse. It will often depend on the circumstances and how you are feeling.

Remember your strengths

Don’t let the opinions of others define your self-worth. Remind yourself of your best qualities and attributes.

Pause and reflect

Cyber abuse can be overwhelming. Give yourself space and time so that you respond rather than react.

Maintain perspective

While the situation may seem challenging in the moment, remember to focus on the big picture and your main priorities in life.

Acknowledge your feelings

You’re allowed to be upset. But try not to deplete your emotional strength by defending yourself against every unwarranted attack. Question whether this is worth your time and energy.

Surround yourself with supportive people

Or build a supportive network. You don’t need to handle this on your own. Talk with family, friends, peers and mentors who may be best placed to help. Consider professional support, if needed.

Be kind to yourself

Practice self-care through leisure, exercise, good nutrition, adequate sleep, meditation and other relaxation techniques.

Create a safe space offline

Go for a walk, catch up with a friend or read a book. Consider turning off notifications at night or during periods when you want to disconnect.

Stay positive

Emotional reactions can feed the trolls. Don’t be afraid to respond to negative comments with a positive attitude. Set the standard for positive online behaviour by communicating with respect, tolerance and empathy.

Be prepared

Clarify your thoughts and be informed on issues so that you are better prepared to take part in online discussions.

Be confident and assertive

In your beliefs, opinions and values. Don’t be afraid to advocate for your beliefs and opinions online. Stay true to your character and your sense of right and wrong.

Be a role model

You can gain a sense of purpose by knowing that you’re contributing to an improved online world for other people


Help other people when they experience abuse online by safely speaking up or showing other forms of support.