TWITTER (Reporting Sexting or Bullying)

Tweets can be ‘retweeted’ by other people – even if they aren’t following you. But if you change your profile so that you have protected tweets, this won’t happen. This means if you tweet, it can be very difficult to control who sees it. On Twitter, people who you don’t follow can still send you abusive tweets.


If you’re being bullied by someone you follow, the first step is to unfollow them. Go to their profile page and click or tap the ‘following’ button – this will turn red to unfollow. You can also tap the settings wheel next to the follow button – from there you can block the person.

Blocking someone stops them from contacting you. You can always unblock them if you want to in the future.

Sometimes if someone involved in bullying is blocked, they might create a new account to bully someone with. This can be really frustrating, but if you report it to Twitter they can help block all the abusive accounts.

People can send you direct messages on Twitter, even if you aren't following each other. If this is happening, you can make it stop by:

  • Going to ‘settings’ (on a computer, click or tap onto your profile to find ‘settings’)
  • Going to ‘privacy and content’
  • Making sure ‘receive direct messages from anyone’ is NOT ticked.

Twitter has a set of rules and you can report anyone breaking these rules. The URL of a Tweet isn’t always obvious, so Twitter have a helpful guide on how to get the address of a Tweet. You can use Twitter’s reporting tool.

Find out how to report someone or block users on Twitter.