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Online Harassment and Cyberbullying at Queen’s

Have you experienced online harassment?

Online harassment (sometimes experienced as “cyberbullying”) is a pattern of unwanted behaviour involving electronic technology that is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to be unwelcome. Online harassment typically results in the creation of an intimidating, demeaning and/or hostile working, living or learning environment. It can involve communication tools such as:

  • Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube)

  • Online discussion forums

  • Anonymous posting forums

  • Websites and blogs

  • Text, photo, video, and audio messaging

  • Email

  • Online games

Online harassment uses language or images that humiliate, threaten, or violate the privacy of the targeted person(s). It may include, but is not limited to:

  • Aggressive personal attacks

  • Racist, sexist, homophobic put-downs or threats

  • Stalking

  • Rumour spreading

  • Sharing of personal information/photos without consent

  • Shaming/ostracism

  • Impersonation


Here’s what to do:

IMMEDIATELY contact Campus Security and Emergency Services at 613-533-6111 if you are feeling threatened.  Campus Security services are available 24/7, 365 days of the year.

SAVE detailed records of each incident.  Remember to keep or write down as much information as possible about the incident including: date, time, location, witnesses, etc.

TAKE screen shots or make PDF’s of virtual messages that include date and time stamps. 

MINIMIZE contact with the harasser.  After documenting the conduct, take steps to block calls and texts, adjust your privacy settings, and avoid further communication with the harasser.

SPEAK to an Advisor in the Human Rights Office about your options. The Human Rights Office can be reached at (or 533-6886), Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.



For further information on reporting unwanted images on social media sites including - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram check out


Report abuse on Facebook

Block a user on Facebook


Report abuse on Twitter

Block a user on Twitter


Report abuse on Instagram

Block a user on Instagram


Report abuse on Snapchat

Block a user on Snapchat