We’ve all been there.
You feel like you’re doing something wrong, you get a notification from someone that you’re being banned from their site.
It can make you feel guilty.
You don’t know how to fix it.
But what if it wasn’t that way?
What if you could use the power of the internet to stop the harm you’re causing?
We asked the experts.
Read moreWe asked the world’s top experts to share tips for stopping online harassment.
Their tips can be used for you to prevent being a problem online, from your work, to your social media, to wherever you live.
What to doIf you find yourself being bullied online, the first thing you need to do is learn how to stop it.
We asked them to share their favourite tools, techniques and advice for changing your online behaviour.
The key to stopping online abuse is not to give up.
There are lots of tools you can use to help stop it happening.
Some are already available, some you can’t find online.
If you’re not sure how to do something, check out the advice below to get the best advice for you.
We asked them what the right tools are, what works, and what to avoid.
Here are the top 10 tips:Use a different browser on different devices.
Use a different app for each.
Make sure your device is up to date.
Make sure you’re logged in with the right login and password.
Find the message you’re receiving.
Look for any mentions of ‘bullying’, ‘abuse’, ‘bullied’, ‘porn’, ‘harassment’ or ‘abuse’.
Check that you’ve got the right account and password for the account you’re accessing.
Look at what’s going on there.
Find out who’s using it.
If the message isn’t from you, it probably isn’t spam or malicious.
Look on the message’s terms and conditions.
Check the context of the message.
If it says something like ‘We are very sorry for any harm caused by this message’, that might mean that someone has received the message and is trying to help.
Find the offending person and ask them to stop.
Find their contact details and email address.
If they’re not responding, contact the user to let them know that the message was removed.
Use the chat app.
Talk to people about your experience online.
This can be a good way to get a sense of what’s happening in the room and to ask questions.
If your experience is bad, ask them for help.
Talk to other people.
This is a good place to ask people to help you, as well as to help yourself.
If someone you don’t like is talking to you, you might want to ask them if they’d like to talk to someone else.
Don’t be afraid to speak up.
This could help prevent harassment.
If people want to talk, try not to interrupt them.
You might get some really nasty messages.
If something bad happens, you can call the police or report it.
Don’t let people think you’re the bad guy.
Don the polite thing.
Make the conversation.
Show you have respect for people’s privacy.
Ask them to take a break.
Donate time to your friends, family and work.
If you need help, contact a support group.
A support group can help you with things like getting help with work or life, getting advice, or getting support with depression or anxiety.
Find support at a support centre.
There are a lot of things you can do to help the people you’re talking to.
For example, it might be helpful to talk about what happened or what’s happened to you.
If possible, try to avoid talking about your work or your family.
Talk about the things you do for fun.
This will make you more likable.
If it’s a social problem, it could help if you talk about your feelings about it.
This might help you get better and give you a chance to be honest.
If there are no friends, find a quiet place to talk.
Talking about your problems and their solutions is good advice.
Try to keep it friendly.
Talk with other people you know.
There might be something you can share.
If your friend is a friend, offer to help her.
If she’s not comfortable doing this, find out what you can offer to do so.
Ask for help if someone is harassing you.
It might help to explain what’s been happening.
If a person is harassing or bullying you, tell someone you know, or find someone to talk with.
It might be easier to help someone you’re friend with if you can explain what happened.
Try not to talk too much about it, or try to ignore it.
Make your voice heard.
Talk about what you do or have done online.