What do I do if I've received abusive text messages?

If you’ve receive abusive text messages, don’t reply – keep them to show a parent, teacher or the Police. Mobile ‘phone operators can take action on the bully’s account.

If you are being bullied through your ‘phone

  • Don’t reply to any nasty messages you receive.
  • Keep the messages that you have been sent so you can show someone.
  • Don’t answer any calls that are from a withheld number, or from a number you don’t know.
  • Change your mobile number and only give your new number out to close friends.
  • If the problem is serious, tell the Police.

Source: Childline

Read more

  • Bullying on mobile phones @ Direct.Gov

    Excerpt: Cyberbullying isn’t just something that takes place on the internet. You can also be cyberbullied if you get abusive calls and text messages on your mobile phone. These calls, text messages and voicemails can be really upsetting, and it is often hard to understand how the sender knows your mobile phone number. If you think you are being bullied on your mobile phone, the most important thing is not to respond or get into an argument. Bullies are usually cowards, so showing a reaction is just giving them what they’re after. At the same time, that doesn’t mean you should ignore it and do nothing.

Further help

  • O2: ncb@o2.com or 0870 521 4 000.
  • Vodafone: 191 from a Vodafone phone or 0870 070 0191 for Pay Monthly customers and 0870 077 6655 for Pay as you Go.
  • 3: Call 333 from a 3 phone or 0870 733 0333.
  • Orange: Call 450 on an Orange phone or 07973 100 450 for Pay as you Go, or 150 or 07973 100 150 for Pay Monthly.
  • T-Mobile: Call 150 on a T-Mobile phone or 0845 412 5000.