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What the Jerks Involved in Cyberbullying Don’t Want You to Know

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Sometimes the worst kinds of verbal, social, and emotional bullying takes place on the internet. Bullies and their victims are often times minors, who are under the age of 18, but adults are not immune to being targeted by online harassment either.

Did you know that bullying is literally against the law? Find out more about bullying laws here. There are also steps you can take, as law enforcement reviews the situation, as well. If another internet user is causing you or someone you care about to feel uncomfortable or threatened, there are ways to report their aggressive behavior to the website or social media platform where it appears.

You can also print out these bullying statistics which may be helpful in advocating for intervention.

What is considered abuse and can be reported?

Although the criteria are slightly different for every website, in general, posts or activity are considered abusive if:

  • They are hateful or threatening.
  • They include inappropriate photos or videos.
  • They involve identify theft or fraud (an online bully pretending to be someone else).

Things to keep in mind when reporting abuse:

  • Often, sites use automated processes to make it quick and easy to report abuse. You will not likely be asked to explain the situation in detail or to speak with anyone on the phone, which can of course be uncomfortable.
  • In general, most sites and social media platforms allow you to report abuse anonymously–without the offending party knowing who reported them. This protects you from further harassment.
  • Take a photo or screenshot of abusive online content in case you ever need to take further action.
  • Keep in mind that, in addition to reporting abuse, almost all platforms allow you to block offenders so they cannot access your site or communicate with you as well.

While the following links do not represent all social media platforms, we’ve strived to collect the reporting links for the most popular social media sites. Browsing through the reporting processes for these sites will likely give you a good idea of how to report abuse on other sites not listed as well.

Facebook

  • Use the report link which is located on the post. Instructions for reporting abuse can be found here. Keep in mind there are slightly different processes for reporting different kinds of abuse.
  • Go right to the form where you can report abuse
  • If you are working with police officials, they can request more information here.

FourSquare

  • Choose “I want to report a violation” on the post and fill out the form that appears.
  • Go right to the form to report abuse.
  • If you are working with police officials, they can request more information here.

Instagram

  • You can learn about what qualifies as abuse and how to report abuse here and here.
  • Go right to the form to report abuse.
  • If you are working with police officials, they can request more information here.

LinkedIn

  • You must report abuse via email. Send information to either abuse@linkedin.com or tns-help@linkedin.com.

Pinterest

Reddit

  • All posts, links, and comments include a report button which alerts moderators to potential abusive content.

Skype

  • Report ab abusive Skype user on Windows here or on a Mac here.  a contact in Skype (Windows):
  • Contact Skype with more information, as needed, here.

Snapchat

Tinder

Tumblr

  • You can report abuse here or by emailing abuse@tumblr.com.
  • You can also reach Tumblr by phone here: 678-439-8862
  • If you are working with police officials, they can request more information here.

Twitter

  • You can report an abusive user here, self harm here, or identity theft or fraud here.
  • You can also reach Twitter by mail, if needed, here: 1355 Market Street, Suite 900 San Francisco, CA 94102
  • If you are working with police officials, they can request more information here.

Vimeo

  • You can report abusive video content by clicking the flag icon in the bottom right hand corner of the video.
  • You can report spam here and abusive users here.

Vine

  • You can report an individual post by choosing “report post” on the button located on the right side.
  • You can report abuse by filling out this form.
  • You can provide additional information, as needed, here.

YouTube

  • You can report abuse here and inappropriate content here.


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