What Is Banter? | Internet Matters

What is banter?

Advice for young people

Learn about knowing the difference between what banter is and is not.

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What does banter mean?

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People might try to excuse bullying by saying it is only a joke or it is just banter.

Banter is when:

  • everyone involved understands it is banter
  • everyone finds it funny
  • everyone feels included and safe
  • when close friends joke together, tease each other and all enjoy it, it is not bullying

Banter is not when:

  • someone feels hurt or humiliated by it
  • someone is being made fun of
  • someone feels excluded
  • someone feels unsafe or frightened

Tips on how to block and report hurtful things online

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Title - How to stop people from hurting you online.
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How to stop people from hurting you online.

Social media is a great way to have fun and connect with your friends and the people who care about you.

But it's also true that some people online don't behave well and are not kind.
So that you can have the best time on social media, here are a few tips you can use.

If someone is saying hurtful things, or trying to make you do something that makes
you feel uncomfortable, or that you know is wrong, or if someone is sending you scary
messages; here are things you can do to make it stop and get help.

Tell an adult you trust - a teacher or a parent or carer - they can help you get the right support you need.

Be sure to block and report the person on the platform you are using.

To block someone on Facebook, you can go to your settings, click on 'Blocking'
and in the' Block Users' section, put the name of the person you want to block and click 'Block'. Highlight their name and click 'Block'.

To report someone on Facebook, go to the profile you want to report. In the bottom right of the cover photo, click and choose ``Find Support' or 'Report Profile'. Choose the best option that explains how this profile goes against our Community Standards. Click 'Send'.

Keep the evidence or ask someone to help you do this and be sure to say how often this has been happening.

Remember that you can call a helpline like Childline for free, on 0808 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk for more support.

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