This bully reporting guide was born from necessity
While researching the bullying problem, we saw no one-stop place where one could obtain all the information needed to:
- Structure & Organize evidence
- Access all knowledge (tips and tricks) needed to report bullies
- Present the manner using meaningful methods that authorities need & will use
- Offer links to all of the major bully reporting areas in different regions of world
We make no assumptions that you are computer savvy. We offer step-by-step instructions how to do everything you need to fully structure (organize) and report to various groups within many different regions.
Reporting Necessary Evidence is Expected
When cyberbullying happens, it is important to document and report the behavior so it can be addressed.
Steps to Take Immediately
- Don’t respond to and don’t forward cyberbullying messages.
- Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. Save and print screen-shots, emails, and text messages. Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone service providers. Below we will show you how to organize, collect and store this info.
- Block all who are cyberbullying.
- See our Facebook reporting page where we show you quick links and instructions for all reporting.
- See our Instagram reporting page where we show you quick links and instructions for all reporting.
- See our Twitter reporting page where we show you quick links and instructions for all reporting
The 2 buttons below will show you how to capture screens in Windows & Apple/MAC OS X.
You must choose (click Windows or Apple / MAC) buttons below in order to see the contents.
Structural Folders Organization
Go to the area where you want to create the folder.
- You can open File Explorer by clicking the Start menu
and type in “file explorer”, and then click
File Explorer at the top of the Start menu. From there, you can select any folder to open from the left-hand pane.
Right-click on a blank space. Doing so opens a drop-down menu. Make sure you don’t right-click on a file or folder instead, as this will open the wrong drop-down menu.
- If you’re in an existing folder (e.g., Documents), you can also click the Home tab on the top-left side of the File Explorer window and click New Folder in the toolbar that appears.
- If you’re on a computer with a trackpad instead of a mouse, click the trackpad with two fingers to perform a right-click.
Select New. This option is near the bottom of the drop-down menu and opens another pop-out menu.
Click Folder. It’s at the top of the pop-out menu.
Type in a name for your folder and press ↵ Enter. This creates the folder with its new name.
- The folder’s name cannot contain any special punctuation or other characters.
- If you don’t type in a name, your folder will be saved as “New Folder”.
Apple / MAC
Go to the area where you want to create the folder. Your Mac’s desktop is usually the easiest place to create a folder, but you can create a folder almost anywhere.
- You can open Finder, which resembles a blue face at the bottom of the screen, and then go to any place you want to make a new folder, such as Documents.
Click File. This menu item is in the upper-left side of your Mac’s screen.
Click New Folder. This creates a new folder in your current location.
- You can also right-click on an empty space using a mouse or click using two fingers on a computer with a trackpad. Make sure you don’t right-click on a file or folder instead, as this will open the wrong drop-down menu.
Type in a name for your folder and press ⏎ Return. This creates the new folder with its new name.
- You cannot use the “:” or “?” characters when naming a folder on a Mac.
Learn cut, copy and paste
What’s the difference between copying and cutting?
We teach you cut, copy and paste.
You can think of it like an actual piece of paper, for example a letter. When you photocopy the letter, it creates a duplicate and the original stays intact. Cutting a block of text out of the letter, on the other hand, removes that portion from the letter.
On your computer, when you copy a file, image, text or other item, it creates a duplicate of that item in your computer’s temporary memory.
Cutting an item will remove it from the page or folder and hold it in memory, as above.
For our purposes below, you won’t do any cutting. We will only use the Copy method.
Highlight or Select What You Want to Copy or Cut
First, select the item you want to copy or cut:
- If it’s a file in a folder that you want to copy (to duplicate) or cut (to move) into another folder, click on the file to select it. To select multiple files at once, hold down the Control (CTRL) key (on Windows) or the Command key (on older Macs, it’s the Apple logo; on newer Macs, it’s this curly-do: ⌘) while clicking the other files.
- For images, right-click on the image, then click on “Copy” or “Copy Image” depending on the application.
- If you want to copy some text, highlight it by clicking just before the first letter you want to copy, hold down the mouse button while dragging your mouse to the right, and then releasing after you have selected your text.
Tip: In some applications, like Thunderbird and many others, you can select all the text and images by right-clicking and choosing “Select All“.
Please don’t use Microsoft’s Office WORD processor. Use simple text editor and save as plain TEXT only.
Please note: we must make certain we are in text mode, we don’t want to capture any HTML code. So, remember always use a text editor like Notepad or some other straight text editor. NEVER USE MICROSOFT’s OFFICE WORD processor to handle any of this header informational text.
If you are using Mac:
TextEdit opens a new document in rich text mode by default, but you can easily convert a document to plain text at any time. To do so, make sure the document you wish to convert is open and selected, then go to Format > Make Plain Text in the TextEdit menu bar.
Highlight or Select What You Want to Copy
First, select the item you want to copy:
In order to copy text, highlight it by clicking just before the first letter you want to copy, hold down the mouse button while dragging your mouse to the right, and then releasing after you have selected your text.
Tip: In some applications, like Thunderbird and many others, you can select all the text and images by right-clicking and choosing “Select All“. When you paste in straight text, the images will simply go away and you get only the text needed.
Select your items to copy or cut as above. To select all items on a page or folder, you can use the CTRL+A or Command + A shortcut: hold down the CTRL button (on Windows) or Command key (on Mac) then hit the A key.
Then hit these keys together to copy and paste them:
Windows: Hold down the CTRL key then click
C to copy
V to paste
Mac: Hold down the Command key (⌘). Then, as with Windows, click:
C to copy
V to paste
The Drag-and-Drop Method
You can also use your mouse to quickly drag and drop your selected text, image or file from one application to another. For example, you can have two Windows Explorer windows open side by side and drag a file from one to the other to copy it over.
Select the item as in the first step.
Press and hold down your mouse button to “grab” it.
Then move your mouse to the other window and release the button.
Note: Pay attention to the icon or prompt when you hover your mouse over the new window/location: it should tell you whether the item will be copied (duplicated).
Once you get the hang of dragging and dropping or hitting CTRL + C and CTRL + V (or the Command counterparts), you’ll be copying and pasting like a pro.
Now that you have your folders organized, you are ready to start obtaining the necessary info needed to report your problem to police and other agencies. Click below to find your web-based email provider or use a standalone email client like Thunderbird or Outlook. Once you expand the selection, you will find step-by-processes for all of the major email clients in the world. We will show you how to collect all of their email headers for your report. Please remember to Paste, then save it as new TEXT file to your “Mail headers” within your “Bullying Evidence” folder.
Report Cyberbullying to Online Service Providers
Cyberbullying often violates the terms of service established by social media sites and Internet service providers.
- Review their terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities sections. These describe content that is or is not appropriate.
- Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.
- Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can act against users abusing the terms of service.
Don’t forget, the authorities will need the email headers for the offending mail(s), if email was used.
To learn how to get the email headers, we have made quite an easy list for you. See more below, make sure you expand the sections to see the entire lists.