Report/Block Cyberbullies

REPORT/BLOCK CYBERBULLIES

Social Media Safety: Protect Profiles from Cyberbullies

Ask.fm:

  • Ask.fm profiles are public and can be viewed by anyone with access to the internet
  • There are a few ways to protect yourself on Askfm.com but the primary purpose is anonymous questions. This link provides a general overview of safety tips
  • A user can also report abuse, bullying, spam and much more here

 
Facebook:

  • Abuse can be reported by e-mailing Facebook directly at abuse@facebook.com .
  • You can find additional information about reporting abuse at the following link: link
  • Facebook has a new safety center to help parents, teens, and educators.
  • Access the center:
here

 
Flickr

  • Is an application that enables people to share photos with one another
  • Accounts can be seen as “safe” which means the user is good at censoring their own content
  • Flickr provides a “how to keep myself safe on flickr” page here
  • Flickr also has a variety of ways to report users for abuse/compromised accounts and so on.  These links can be found here
  • To learn how to directly report a member or picture for abuse follow this link
  • This website provides an in depth help center that answers countless different questions about privacy in this link

 
Foursquare

  • Foursquare enables the user to share the location of places they have visited with their friends
  • These accounts can also be linked to other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter
  • To report abuse or harassment follow the instructions here
  • To report a specific photo follow this link
  • A user can edit individual privacy settings by signing into their account and clicking here
  • To learn about all privacy aspects of Foursquare click here

 
Kik

  • Kik is an instant messaging application downloadable for smart phones, iPads, Microsoft products etc.
  • The Kik website does an excellent job of explaining how to keep your account private in this link
  • People can only message you if you give them your username
  • To find out how to block someone from messaging click here
  • You can “ignore new people” in this application which hides messages from people who aren’t already in your contact list.
  • Follow this link to learn more about ignoring messages from new people and how to ignore them !

 
Gaming:

  • Microsoft, maker of the XBox 360 – Complaints are reviewed. People who use speech can have their voice privileges removed. Players can be reported to law enforcement if their conduct has criminal intent.
  • www.GetGameSmart.com. Parents can modify who their children play with, what games are played and find other tools.

 
Google Plus+:

  • Google Plus+ has easy instructions on how to report a post or block a person.

There are also a tip for parents concern about their child using Google Plus+ All information can be found here.
 
iMessages:

  • With the iOS 6 software, users can block unwanted incoming messages.
  • Go to Setting => Notifications => Messages => Scroll down to “Show iMessages Alert From” => Select “My Contacts Only”.
  • To block people on the newest software, iOS 7, follow these simple instructions here
  • This will block iMessages, texts, Facetimes and calls.

 
Instagram:

  • Instagram Guidelines to what is considered appropriate at Instagram can be found here
  • Instagram accounts can either be public or private
  • Private accounts require people to be accepted by you before they can see your profile
  • Instagram provides their users instructions on how to flag any inappropriate or offensive pictures, comments, or users is provided here
  • Or directly report harassment or bullying here

 
LinkedIn

  • This social networking site is mostly for adults in the professional world
  • To learn how to report a various amount of violations follow this link
  • Linkedin offers a large array of privacy protection (personal/account/identity etc) for the user that can be found here

 
Pinterest

  • Pinterest provides detailed step-by-step instructions for users to follow when encountering an offensive/abusive picture, comment, or user.
  • You can read more about it here.

 
Snapchat

  • This application is available to anyone ages 13 and up
  • There is no way to save an image sent by Snapchat through the actual application. However, someone can take a screenshot of the picture they receive and save it to their phones. When this occurs the sender of the image will be notified that the person took a screenshot.
  • There is an option to prevent strangers from sending snapchats by going into settings (either a gear on the top right or a button on the bottom right of the screen depending on the phone) and changing the “who can send me snaps” from “Everyone” to “My Friends”
  • To report abuse, harassment or unsolicited pictures e-mail to safety@snapchat.com or click here to report any concerns
  • Learn more in depth information about staying safe on Snapchat here
  • Or learn about SnapKidz application for children under 13 in this link

 
Skype

  • Skype is an application that allows people to video chat and instant message with others
  • The Skype website provides detailed instructions on how to report abuse and block a user on both Windows and Macintosh (Mac) software here
  • How to manage privacy and who can contact you can be found by clicking on either mac computerwindows desktop  or linux

 
Spring.me (Formerly Formspring)

  • Spring.me is a place to meet people and start conversations usually through questions
  • You can either have a protected (private) or public account
  • This is how to make your account private
  • Spring.me has detailed their privacy policy here
  • It also provides a help center where the user can type in any question to receive the appropriate response in this link
  • To block a user following these instructions
  • To report cyberbullying or harassment submit a request here
  • Spring. me even offers an extensive explanation of what to do if you encounter bullying or find someone impersonating another person here
  • There is even guidelines for reporting possible suicidal behavior or posts that is explained here in this link

 
Text Messages:

  • Log into your cell phone account online and look for “Messaging Preferences” or similar.AT&T, T-Mobile, Alltel, Verizon and Sprint now allow you to adjust your settings to block certain contacts using usage options.
  • You may have to pay an additional monthly fee and register for this service for it to become active.
  • You will likely have a limit for the number of contacts you can add to this list.
  • Save the phone number to your contact list. You can name it “Blocked.”
  • Then edit the contact and scroll to “Messages” or “Text” options.
  • Change the volume to “silent” and turn any LED light and vibration settings off.
  • This will allow you stop being notified when you get a message from this person

 
Tinder

  • Is an application designed to meet other people you find interesting
  • It has become a dating application for users above the age of 13
  • In order to have a Tinder the user must also have a Facebook
  • The application uses GPS location to find other people near you
  • Follow this link to learn more about privacy on Tinder
  • In order to block someone from messaging you-go into their chat
  • Then click on “block” in the upper right hand corner of the chat
  • Or hit Flag/Report also on the upper right hand corner to report offensive comments or abuse

 
Tumblr

  • Tumblr blogs are public and can be seen by anyone with access to the internet
  • Technically users under the age of 13 are not allowed on the website
  • There is an option to turn off the anonymous messaging feature of Tumblr to prevent people from sending hate mail. Go into Settings on the top right (it looks like a gear) and change the “let people ask questions” to no.
  • If bullying occurs you can follow this link type in the users URL and they will not see your posts or be able to send messages from their account
  • After ignoring a user they are added to a list and directly under their username is “Report: spam, harassment” click on one of those words and they will be reported.
  • Another option is to save proof of bullying (screen shots etc.) and attach it in an e-mail to support@tumblr.com
  • There is also the option of creating a secondary blog and making it password protected for privacy
  • Tumblr also provides a question mark icon on the home page that allows the user to click on the icon and type in any question or concern they may have to get an answer.

 
Twitter:

  • Twitter’s guideline can be found here.
  • Twitter accounts can be made private or public and only people you are following can send you direct messages (DMs)
  • A general outline of all things a user can do to keep themselves safe from online abuse is here
  • A user can report bullying, abuse or harassment directly by following this link
  • Any other types of violations can be reported here

 
Youtube:

  • The guidelines for uploading appropriate videos are posted on Youtube’s community guidelines is here
  • Anyone can flag a video as inappropriate.
  •  If Youtube reviews the video and finds it to be inappropriate, the video is shut down.
  •  If they decide to terminate the user’s account the user is prohibited from ever having another account on Youtube.
  • Youtube allows user to not only report videos, but also block users who are making inappropriate comments.
  • You can learn more about it here.

 
WhatsApp

  • Is an instant messaging application
  • This link details how to block someone on WhatsApp
  • The website provides a help center where you can ask a question pertaining to your question here
  • Bullying or abuse can be reported by sending an email to support@whatsapp.com