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HOW TO: Reporting Bullying On Social Media

From Twitter to Snapchat and much more in-between, social media is a part of just about every child's life. 

While social media has offered all of us new ways to communicate and share with each other, it also has provided another arena for children and adults to be exposed to bullies.

According to NoBullying.com, 55% of all teens that use social media have witnessed outright bullying online.

The statistics are astounding.

The most popular social media platforms are addressing the issue of bullying and provide ways to report bullying activity.  It's important information that all families should know.

Facebook

The team at Facebook has developed a very robust Bullying Prevention Hub.  You'll find resources to help educate yourself and your family on the topic and how to handle being bullied, seeing someone else being bullied or if you've been called a bully.

It's not easy to find right away but to report bullying on Facebook, you'll need to head here:  https://www.facebook.com/help/1380418588640631/?ref=sc

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Twitter

While not as in-depth as the resources on Facebook, Twitter provides an easy to navigate section that addresses online abuse.  With use a few clicks, you are able to report someone on Twitter who is engaging in abusive or harassing behavior.  Here is a direct line to the report page: https://support.twitter.com/forms/abusiveuser

Online abuse

Being the target of online abuse is not easy to deal with. Knowing the appropriate steps to take to address your situation can help you through the process.

Instagram

The team at Instagram has provided users a basic overview of how to secure your account and provided avenues to report bullying in their Help Center.

Here is a link to report photos, videos, comments or profiles on Instagram that are bullying or harassing others:  https://help.instagram.com/contact/584460464982589?helpref=faq_content

Learn How to Address Abuse | Instagram Help Center

If you've navigated to this page, it's likely that you've had a negative experience on Instagram. We understand that it can be frustrating when online interactions become difficult. Abusive behavior can take many forms, like having an argument with someone else on Instagram or coming across posts that you find offensive.

Snapchat

Over at Snapchat they've created an online safety center with areas full of info for Snapchat users, parents and educators.  Check out the video and the center.

To go directly to where you would report an issue, head here: https://support.snapchat.com/en-US/i-need-help

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Safety Center * Snapchat

Snapchat is about self expression, so we all have a role in keeping Snapchat safe. Our guidelines, resources, and tips offer a great place to start learning.