What is online bullying?
Online bullying can occur anywhere at any time.
Being connected online opens you up to many more people and situations than you would experience offline and also makes it easier for others to contact you. Sometimes these connections aren’t always positive and can descend into online bullying.
Online bullying can make you feel:
Crimes can also happen on the internet and authorities may get involved if a crime occurs online, just as they would in real life.
- Theft, mischief, fraud, conspiracy: This can include stealing someone’s personal information, impersonating someone and logging into their accounts without permission.
- Hate crimes: Racist, sexist and hate-filled statements may be punishable by law as a hate crime in Canada.
- Sexual related offences: The distribution of sexual content featuring underaged individuals, as well as anything that has been sent without someone’s permission may lead to persecution by Canadian authorities.
This includes text, pictures, and videos you post, like, and share – status updates, and more. What does your footprint say about you? Is this something you’ll want people to see from you in a year? In five years? Or is this something you’d want your family to see? Be aware that once you’ve posted something online, it can be very hard to remove and is easily copied by others who have already seen it.
Just as you are a citizen of your school and local community, you’re also a member of the online community.
Behave online as you would in the real-world, and conduct yourself as you would at home or in school. If you see or hear something online that may be concerning or unsafe, let an adult know about it and considering reporting it. Be a citizen of your community both online and offline.