Cyberbullying - let's fight it together

Cyberbullying - let's fight it together

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Cyberbullying is a problem that everyone who uses the internet needs to be aware of. February 10th is Safer Internet Day in the UK. This video was created for schoolchildren in the UK to watch to warn them about the dangers of cyberbullying. 

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How do you stay safe online? What would you do if you found yourself in a similar situation to Joe? 

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milka123's picture
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Oh, it's really auwful. I mean I cannot bear people who make laugh at smb, just because this one looks different or has some particular qualities. Those who do it not very clever, i suppose. They can't even image how victims suffer from the "jokes". I'm not accustomed to be treated in the way like that, I am lucky,maybe.But I've never been a bully. I'm not fond of any sort of сruelty. So I hope it will be fought one day
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Ken's picture
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Ha ha, you're right, gianggiang!
Those who are not very clever, that's why they envy those who're cleverer! Usually if a bully grows and become cleverer, s/he will stop bulling, but some ditto it until they become more misery........
Yuck!
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Elsa007's picture
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Oh no….this is terrible! Poor Joe…
When I was younger, actually there were bullies in the classroom.
At first, they pretended good and kind to friends enough to give reassurance that they were never be mean! Then the oldest trick in the book started…. gradually the bullies acted a little standoffish and twist the target who is usually mild and loved by others with nature. What the bullies enjoy is to find the voice in the target's reactions of suffering, confusion, isolation, or protest, which all satisfy the bullies' superiority over time!!
In fact, in the past, when a friend of mine (who approached me first) came to play a prank on me that got out of my hand with other friends, I thought something was weird and unfair. One morning, I got boiled over and said "Stop it!!" quite angrily with courage! Although we were enjoying together at first, I tried to brush them off after that. I knew 'that friend' could never be my friend, just a classmate.
Fortunately, I could talk with other classmates who were watching the bullies' foolish behaviors and never involved in them. They are still my friends!
So nowadays I do try to tell myself not to involve in leg-pull and to remember ’Fools rush in where angels fear to tread' or 'A wise man never courts danger’!!
And..."A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success!" Come on, Joe!

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Delta_0534's picture
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BE CREATIVE! i got bullied when somebody, and i annoy them as much as i can... and i won... ( Note : Make Sure You don't use the word that involved to their family etc ).. or, when somebody in a game said " You are weak! LOSER! U CAN'T DO THIS!" etc... give them 1 or 2 week and copy what they said and put the word "Remember This Phrase ? LOSER! YOU ARE WEAK! U CAN'T DO THIS!" and they will think " What on earth i was thinking! send them once or twice a week and they will say sorry to u.. Don't commit a suicide. Suicide in GTA V, you still can respawn in the same place.. irl, once you commit suicide, you will never ever respawn...

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Ken's picture
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Wow..Delta! Be careful not to go for wool and come home shorn, I mean capture theory :) That's what the bully wished, unfortunately. Do you have a friend to talk with about it, Delta? I would laugh off the vulgar deed with other real friends and try to keep my way I should go...! Or how about pretending like a robbot with no emotion!? The bullies may give up!? Let them become a 'looser'!!! Ha ha!

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JoEditor's picture
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Hi Delta_0534,
Thanks for your comment. We were sorry to read that you have been bullied online. Of course every case is different, but if this happens again please consider speaking to a teacher or an adult you can trust who may be able to offer you help and support. Bullying is always very stressful and it's important for young people to find help and to share the problem. 
There may be times when it's best to ignore the bully or to report them to the site or the operators of the online game. You probably shouldn't be in any online space where you can't block and report other users. If there are no safety measures on the site to prevent cases of bullying then you should consider if it's a good place to spend your time. 
Please read our Safety advice and our House rules and we look forward to seeing you again on LearnEnglish Teens soon.  
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Someone_Happy's picture
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I have watched so many videos on bullying. Bullying leaves behind an emotional/ psychological scar which is almost impossible to cure. But bullies are just idiots. they bully people to feel superior and make their friends laugh but the bullies make big mistakes. The victim can kill himself and till now, there are so many people who killed themselves such as Amanda Todd. it is really a shame that people can be so inconsiderate and so cruel. I just wish that bullying STOPS. Whatever happens, there won't be always someone to help the victim but the victim has to fight alone.. stay strong and the most helpful advice is to tell someone about it...

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JoEditor's picture
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Hi Someone_Happy,
Thanks for your comment. We agree that the most important step to getting help if you are being bullied is to tell someone. Whether it's a friend, a parent or a teacher you must share the problem. Nobody should have to suffer bullying in silence. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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LinnE's picture
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I think cyberbullying is wrong. To stay safe online I never talk to people I don’t know. I never give out my address or phone number. If I was Joe I would first stop being online and just act like it never happend. If it would continue I would stay at home because I will be very scared. I would feel sad and probably just wanted to be alone. Then I think that I would try to find out the person or persons are. After that I would talk to my parents and friends and ask them what I should do. I think the best thing to do if you get cyberbullied is to ignore it or talk to someone who can help you.

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eliake02's picture
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Hi!
My name is Elias and i think cyberbullying and bullying is totally wrong.
I use internet everyday and i play many online games. When you play online games its almost always one that blaming and flaming on you and writing bad words. Of course its not fun but then i just mute them and after the game i report the guy.
I use instagram, and there im private so i will only accept those that i want to followed by. And i use youtube, and sometimes i uploading short videos but that is rarely.
If i would been in the same situation that Joe i would talk to my parents. My parents would talk to the teachers in my school and to the bullyier’s parents. I might also change school.

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nilhag's picture
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I think its wery dumb too cyberbullying another person becaus: one you destroy there life and two you dont get anyting whit it and you.
If i where cybervbullyed i shuld tell it too my parents and say that i was cyberbullyed and i needed help and if they shuld tell me what too do.
If i shuld not have any parents i shuld tell this to the bullyer: Why are you doing this you dont get anything out of it and if you just are angry take a watter bucket and put you head in it and try too scream.

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patste's picture
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Hi!
I use internet everyday in school but also sometimes at home. And I stay safe online by to block them who bullying me but it doesn’t happen very ofen. So when that happens, I usually ignore them. I don’t use my real name and I don’t tell where I live when I play games online.
If I would in the similar situation to Joe should I talk to my mum aboute that and my friends to stop cybullying me. And say that it’s not fun to be cyberbullying and be friends again.
That is all for me. Thank you!

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SamuelN's picture
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Hi,
I think that cyberbullying is really bad and dumb. If I were in Joes situation I would tell adults and ask them for help like my parents or my schoolteachers if I were in school at that moment. Then I would just wait until my parents and the cyberbullies parents have talked and see what they said. Then I would try to talk to the one who had cyberbullied me and try to get back to normal and be friends again. I think that I would never going to trust the boy or girl who cyberbullied as much as I did before if I knew the person who bullied me known me before. I never talk to people that I don’t know or put pictures on internet that is very private to stay safe online.

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susieo's picture
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I usually don´t talk to people I don´t know online. I have a private instagram and facebook so only the people I want, can see my pictures. I have an open twitter but I only to look at other peoples twitter. So guess I am pretty safe online. But Joe’s situation is a little different. He is being bullied by people he knows in real life, which could also be more damaging because these are people you know and see everyday. And the bullying feels more personal that way. If I were in Joe’s position I would probably feel very alone and I would feel that I’m the one at fault which wouldn´t be the case. I would probably talk to my teachers if I was brave enough, and I hope that kids who are being cyberbullied or just being bullied in general talk to someone to help you

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Noah_Z's picture
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Hi, I saw the video and i really got in touch. I’m very thankful that im not getting bullyed in any kind. I HATE cyberbullying. I use the internet every single day and i play many online games, when you play online games there is almost always one or two persons that just blaming and flaming and write mean words to you all the time, i always report the blamers and i think i would also ”report” the bullyer. With that i mean i wouldn’t keep it quiet for my parents, i would have tell them directly. And i would also ask the bullyer/ers why they are so mean against me. Probably my parents would go and talk to some teachers in my school and i would probably change school also. I can use my name in online but its not often i use my lastname. I think that your first or ”main” name isnt that ”dangerous” if you use it, but when you use last name they can find you , get your phone number and start messing etc. You shouldn’t trust a random guy to much and if a random guy gives you a link i wouldnt click it. This video was great and it really touched me but i don’t think it showed how bad cyberbullying can be, but this was also bad but i think it can be worse.

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LinneaW's picture
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Hi!
I have never been cyber bullied and for that I am thankful. I never post private information or private information about someone else. If anyone bullied me on example Instagram I would delete my user or block the bully.
Don't let mean comments get to you, just ignore it. Any kind of bullying is wrong and not cool. You should be aware of the consequences when you post private information on the Internet and never trust persons you don´t know. Always be mindful about the age-limit before you create a user on a website.
The consequences of cyber bullying is never positive so if you are ever thinking of posting a mean comment about someone just don´t. On the Internet you should treat others the same way you want to be treated yourself and you will probably avoid to get cyber bullied.

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sipsad's picture
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Cyberbulling is horreble. No one has the right to get bullied. It can change a persons life and can lead to terrible things. Many children all around the world becomes bullied every day, which is awful.
I stay safe online by only talking or chatting with people I recognize. I have never seen anyone being cyberbulling which is good. You should always be careful when you are online. It is actually very dangerous to chat with people you don’t know, so you should be careful.
If i was in Joe`s situation I would talk to my teacher and my parents. I would show them all the text messengers and all the comments online. I would tell them how all started and how much i really want this to end. The best thing to do is just to ignore them. It is very imported to talk to someone if your being bullied, even it it’s hard sometimes, but you will get the help you need.

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ellede's picture
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I have never been involved in cyberbullying and i hope i never going to be. Cyberbullying is awful, it ruins many peoples lives.
To stay safe online you should just have contact with people you know who it is or websites you know is safe.
Being subjected to bullying in generall is never fun, but if you for some reason should be, I think the best way is to ignore it. The person who wrote it will get bored and hopefully stop. But if that is too difficult you need to talk to someone even if it’s hard. We can’t let the haters win. We need to stand up and tell them it is wrong, maybe they will ruin someone’s life.

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maymia's picture
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Hello!
Cybullying or bullying is the worst for me, So I stay saftly online by not visiting unsaftly links and I don’t made any contact with anonymous useres, and if the anonmous users start to bullying me I block them. Also I dont use my real name as username.
But if I well find me in similar situation to Joe I’ll talk to my friend in real life to stop cybulling me. And I’ll talk also to my mum from the biginning and ask her to talk with the headchef at school.
That what I well do to stop my friend cybullying me .

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maymia's picture
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Hello!
Cyberbullying or bullying is the worst for me, So I stay saftly online by not visiting unsaftly links and I don’t made any contact with anonymous useres, and if the anonmous users start to bullying me I block them. Also I dont use my real name as username.
But if I well find me in similar situation to Joe I’ll talk to my friend in real life to stop cyberbulling me. And I’ll talk also to my mum from the biginning and ask her to talk with the headchef at school.
That what I well do to stop my friend cyberbullying me .

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idamar's picture
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I use the internet every day. But when I use it it’s almost always for youtube or schoolwork. I have a youtube account but I never use it, and because I don’t use it, I can’t get any hate comments or other messages. I also use instagram, but I am private, that means that I have to allow people to see the photos that I post. I only allow people I know to follow me, so if I would get any hate comments I would know who commented. If I was in a similar situation to Joe, I think I would tell my mother about it, it always feelss a little bit better if you tell someone about your problems.

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joneds's picture
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I use internet every day. I use it by looking at YouTube and do some kind of school work. I don't post videos so I don’t get any hate comments, I just watch other people’s videos. I don't use facebook and twitter and staff like that but I use Instagram. To stay safe on Instagram I have private photos so just the persons I want to be my photos can see them. I’m very careful and just post pictures I really want my friend to see.
If I was in a similar situation as Joe I would tell my mother so she can help me.

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everyd02's picture
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If you want to stay safe online you shouldn´t give out privat things exampel your number, photos on you. Everything you give out to intenet is on internet you can´t take it back. If you send a photo or somethink privat on exampel snapchat, kik, mail or facebook it istn´t your any more so if you want to say a private thing don´t do it on internet.
If I should be in a situation like Joe from the start I should be sad and I don´t tell someone about it. But if it don´t stop and be worse and it comes more and I only want to say it to someone. Then I should say it to my parents and they will help me.

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marjon02's picture
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I stay safe online by only using trusted links and never connecting with anonymous users unless i know who they are and if they start bullying me i block them and talk to them in real life to make them stop. If i were in the same situation as Joe i would try to confront the bullies and if they were anonymous i would block contact with all anonymous users and talk to all the people that could be the bullies.

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marjon02's picture
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I stay safe online by only using trusted links and never connecting with anonymous users unless i know who they are and if they start bullying me i block them and talk to them in real life to make them stop. If i were in the same situation as Joe i would try to confront the bullies and if they were anonymous i would block contact with all anonymous users and talk to all the people that could be the bullies. So if i see someone thats not acting good online i try to find a way to report them and instead of listening i try to mute them.

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raskar's picture
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I'm on the internet almost everyday mostly to play online games, flamers or bad people are very common there. First of all i just try to ignore them and report them after the game some games u can mute them so i do so. But i still do not understand why some people lay all their hate on someone that has not done anything. And i think u shouldn't have your like in game name as your real name i think you should put up a random name to have. In Joe's case i would ask the bullies why they even put all their their time to make him sad

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alfsti's picture
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This is a very seriuos video for all people who use internet a lot. If I am in a simular situation like Joe is on the video, I should talk to a grown-up and talk with the head teacher. I should also never ignore the messages I get. As soon as I get a message or hear something about me that I don´t like to hear, I will say it to a grown-up so fast as I could do. I have never been in a situation like Joe because all my accounts on social webpages is always private. Sometimes I don´t even have my normal name as my username.

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idahog's picture
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Cyberbullying is awful, but I think this video didn't show how bad cyberbullying can be. It's still awful, but this is one of the more "mild cases". Some people get so bullied over the internet today that they actually don't feel like there's any way to solve the problems, so they feel like the only choice is to commit suicide. I feel really bad for Joe and I really think he did the right thing, because after all they kind of solved the problem. I think more people who gets bullied should talk to their parents or any grown up they trust, because it will make everything so much easier.

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