How Can I Help Someone Who Is Being Cyberbullied?

Published: March 16, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
My friends are bullying a boy online. I don’t want to participate but I don’t want them to make fun of me. What should I do?
Signed: How Can I Help Someone Who Is Being Cyberbullied?

Dear How Can I Help Someone Who Is Being Cyberbullied?,


TeenHealthFX thanks you for asking your question. Cyberbullying is never ok regardless of who may be doing it. Even though it may be a difficult decision, it is always important to step in and stop any kind of bullying from occurring. Sometimes teens believe that because the bullying occurs behind a phone, on social media, or anonymously, it is not bullying and not harmful. The reality is that it is just as harmful as face to face bullying and sometimes worse. Unfortunately, it can be easy to forget that there is a real person with feelings behind their device and teens (including adults) can take it too far.


Many schools are currently using distance learning due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is extremely important to know that even though you may not physically be in school, your parents, teachers, and school counselors are available to help you and your friend whenever you need it. We strongly encourage you to talk to a trusted adult to get your friend the help that he/she may need especially now. We understand your concern about not wanting to be targeted. The important thing to note is that no one will know you reported it and you will be helping your friend. We are all going through challenging times and need all the support we can get.


Signed: TeenHealthFX