I used to be a cyberbully. Before that I was cyberbullied. Neither of those situations made me happy. I would start or join in with cyberbullying anybody. I was indiscriminate. Some places are better than others, but social media is great for picking on people. Here’s how I did it.
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Kids at my school use this site that allows people to ask personal questions of other members. At first I was messing about sending stupid questions to people but I soon really enjoyed how I could respond anonymously and let out some of the bad feelings I had.
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Ha ha ha
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Whenever I was bored angry, upset or even a little bit lonely, abusing people would make me feel a bit more in control of my life and made me important in other people lives. I wasn’t that popular at school but here other people had to care about what I said.
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I joined up with the best intentions, I wanted to meet people and have conversations with people from school but I ended up saying some really unpleasant things about people’s appearance and their families. I really went after one girl in particular and found new ways to tease her. I was being horrible because I felt horrible inside.
I felt even worse once I sent a message to her that said ‘You’re worthless and you don’t deserve to live’. As soon as I pressed send I knew I had stepped too far. I just wanted attention, but then I found out that people my own age had taken their lives because of trolls and bullies like me.
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I wish I could turn back the clock but I can’t. If you are upset or depressed and turning to cyberbullying to make it stop, or if you are being bullied, then you are just like me and you need to talk to an adult. Do it as soon as you can.