How this teen beat her cyber bullies
TEENAGER Danielle Webb knows how to beat the bullies.
Her message to victims is clear, concise and spoken with conviction.
Don't let them get to you.
Don't let them put you down.
Don't let them ruin your day.
Don't fuel the fire.
The college captain at St Stephen's Lutheran College is one of the organisers of the school's anti-bullying day on March 20.
She says cyber bullying is all too common across social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and sometimes through text messages.
But, she said, for teenagers of her generation, knowing how to handle online slander was part and parcel of growing up.
"It is a reflection on you and how you handle the situation," she said.
"If there is a comment online, don't comment back."
Facebook newsfeeds were full of posts with offensive comments aimed at individuals, she said, and the age groups being targeted were getting younger.
Last year Danielle herself was the subject of cyber bullying when comments appeared on Facebook criticising her appearance.
"I don't wear make-up to school or anything, so maybe it was that," she said.
"I was quite proud of myself actually.
"I read (the comments), then just didn't think about it and kept going with my day.
"For most people my age that isn't normal - to just keep moving on."
Danielle said having the courage to report behaviour to teachers, and talk to family about the situation was important.
"It's best to talk to adults about it because they have already been through this."
But her best advice to other teenagers experiencing cyber bullying is to speak out and realise the bullies are probably unhappy people.
"They are commenting or posting something that is offensive and it's aimed to hurt," she said.
"The way I see it - I feel like it's someone who needs more attention.
"Sometimes people feel they need to show off as if that's giving them a positive image. Eventually people grow out of it."