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Friday, June 21, 2024! 


Stop Cyberbullying Day:

This is an internationally recognised day of awareness and activities both on and offline. Each year in June, Stop Cyberbullying Day brings together individuals, thought leaders, corporations, schools, governments, institutions and organisations to celebrate and promote a truly inclusive and diverse online environment – free from personal threats, harassment and abuse.

Did you Know:

You can become a victim of Cyberbullying at any age. 60% of internet users have witnessed or been targeted with bullying, harassment or abuse. However, Cyberbullying among Irish children increased by 28% during the lockdown – This is among the highest rates in Europe for this cohort. 

Impacts of Cyberbullying

  • Cyberbullying affects victims, bullies, bully-victims (people who have not only been targeted by bullies but have also bullied others) and bystanders.

  • Victims of cyberbullying often experience traditional bullying as well.

  • Cyberbullying is one of many risk factors for poor mental health in young people.

Those involved in or victims of cyberbullying may experience some or all of the following:​

  • poor physical and emotional well-being

  • emotional distress, sadness and tearfulness; 

  • frustration or high levels of anger;

  • a sense of fear, shame, embarrassment, self-blame or helplessness;

  • peer avoidance or social withdrawal;

  • low self-esteem or confidence; 

  • poor personal relationships or a reluctance to seek help;

  • depression, isolation,  anxiety or hopelessness all of which can increase the risk of self-harm and suicidal thoughts;

  • reduced performance at school or work;

  • a higher likelihood of responding aggressively, perpetuating the cycle of bullying and victimization.

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Cyberbullying support services

Experiencing bullying can be incredibly distressing –  Please reach out for support:


SPUNOUT is a free-text  service. Text 50808 to talk with a trained volunteer. This is a 24/7 text message support service providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis.

If you are a customer of the 48 or An Post network or cannot get through using the ‘50808’ short code please text HELLO to 086 1800 280 (standard message rates may apply). Some smaller networks do not support short codes like ‘50808’.

Childline is a 24 hour freephone number for under 18’s – you can call 1800 666 666 any time, day or night.

Their text service is available from 10am to 4pm every day – you can start a conversation by texting 50101. You can also chat online at from 10am to 4pm every day.

Teenline is a 24/7 national active listening service for children and young people up to the age of 18 in Ireland. It is a free confidential, non-directive and non-judgmental service. You can contact them for free any time of the day or night by calling 1800 833 634.


Samaritans are a 24/7 active listening service, there to listen to you no matter what’s going on. You can talk to a Samaritans volunteer for free by calling 116 123 any time of the day or night.


FUSE Anti-Bullying and Online Safety Programme developed by DCU Anti-Bullying Centre – FUSE - Home (

Webwise free internet safety expert advice, how to guides, explainers and talking points  Webwise - Internet Safety

Tackle Bullying a national website to counter bullying and cyberbullying   Home - Tackle Bullying 

Cyberbullying Research :

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