1. Control your own social media
Social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok etc allow you to report content, block and unfriend people. If you’re not sure how to, visit the safety centres of the social media platforms for help. You can also disable comments on your posts and videos on some platforms.
2. Check your security settings
It’s really important to make sure your security settings are as high as they can be. For example, on Facebook, who can actually see your posts and photos? You might be surprised. Check, and double check.
3. Block or report mobile phone bullying
You can block phone numbers that are sending bullying or abusive messages to your mobile. You can search online to learn how, or contact your phone service provider for assistance. Phone companies in Aotearoa New Zealand have special agreements in place to help stop harassment.
4. Be careful sharing contact details
To minimise the chance of unwanted attention online, be really careful who you give your contact details to. Do you really know the person? Is the person who they say they are?
5. Be careful who you reply to
Don’t reply to texts or messages from people you don’t know. Simply don’t engage with the person. Most often the sender will get bored and stop sending messages if they aren’t getting a reply.
6. Don't delete offending content
If it reaches a point where police intervention in needed, the offending content may be used as evidence. Keep a record of when you receive the offending content and any details about who it’s from. Find out more here.(external link)