Mobiles are a great way to keep in touch with your mates by calling them, texting or sending photo or video messages. Unfortunately if you are being cyberbullied, it is another way the bullies can use to torment you. Just like staying safe online, it’s a good idea to know what to do if you start being bullied through your mobile, or if someone you don’t know contacts you.
Mobile Phone Safety Tips
- Keep your phone with you at all times.
- If you are worried about someone taking it at school or if you are out, leave it at home.
- Only give your mobile number to your friends and people that you trust.
- Don’t lend your phone to someone you don’t know or trust, or put it in a place where other people could get hold of it.
- Most phones allow you to lock your phone with a PIN code. If you don’t have the code you can’t unlock it, so if anyone steals your phone they won’t be able to use it.
- If someone is pressuring you into giving them your number, tell someone about it such as a teacher or a parent.
- If you have Bluetooth on your phone, keep this switched off when you are not using it.
- Don’t reply to any nasty messages you receive.
- Keep the messages that you have been sent so you can show someone.
- Don’t answer any calls that are from a withheld number, or from a number you don’t know.
- If bullies do get your number, change it and only give your new number out to close friends.
- If the bullying problem is serious, tell a trusted adult.
- Mobile phone operators can’t bar a particular number from contacting another phone, but you can do this on some handsets. Check your phone handbook to see if yours can. They can only take action about the bully’s account, such as blocking it, if the police are involved.
These are just a few of the ways we discuss mobile phone safety in our cyber bullying drama workshop so if you would like us to deliver these messages in your school do get in touch. Next week on our blog we’ll be looking at how to get help if you are being bullied.