If you get into trouble on the internet, it’s important to act quickly to get help.
- If you are being cyberbullied or you see it happening to someone else, tell a teacher, counselor, parent or another trusted adult what is happening right away. Save the messages you’ve received so you can prove what happened, then completely block the cyberbully from contacting you. Don’t respond to and don’t forward cyberbullying messages.
- If someone sends you nude or sexual photos or messages, don’t share them! Tell a trusted adult so you don’t get blamed or even charged with a crime.
- Don’t share nude photos of yourself – even with someone you know and trust!
- Report harassing comments, fake profiles, or inappropriate photos. Social media sites allow you to flag and report inappropriate content so they can remove it or report to police if the activity is criminal.
- If you’re in a crisis because of something that happened to you online and need to talk to someone, click here to find help. To learn more about online safety, visit the helpful websites below.
Online Safety Resources
NetSmartz.org – Info, school projects, videos and more to teach teens, parents and educators about online safety.
NSTeens.org – Quizzes, Comics, Videos and Games to help teens make smart choices online.
StopBullying.gov – A site for teens and parents with information about bullying and cyberbullying, how to spot it and what to do it about it.
Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a statewide program that works to find and prosecute adults who use the internet to lure minors into sexual relationships or produce, distribute or solicit child pornography.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides safety and prevention resources for families and professionals focusing on child abduction, sexual exploitation and Internet safety.
ConnectSafely.org – The latest cyber news, tips and advice about internet threats for parents, older teens and educators.