Welcome to Camsurf’s Safespace

Camsurf is a family friendly, G-rated Chatroulette platform and as such is strongly against all forms of bullying. To help combat cyberbullies, Camsurf is moderated by a team of professionals who are trained to spot when users of our service are being bullied. We have a zero tolerance policy against bullying and will ban all bullies from using our service.

However, it is also important that our users are able to recognize, understand, and deal with different forms of bullying. To help any users of our service who want to know more about bullying or feel they are being bullied we have created “safespace”, a place where you can learn about cyberbullying, its effects, how to deal with being bullied online, and much more.

What is Cyberbullying?

Unlike traditional forms of bullying which take place face to face or among a group of friends, cyberbullying takes place online. This can include communication tools such as email, text messages, social media websites, and chatrooms. Cyberbullying can be performed by both people you already know and by strangers. Examples of cyberbullying include spreading rumors about someone by email or on social media, blackmailing someone online, or personally insulting someone because of their appearance.

What are the different forms of cyberbullying?

Just as there are different forms of traditional bullying such as physical and verbal abuse, there are also various types of cyberbullying. Some of the more common types of cyberbullying include:

  • Harassment – This is one of the most common forms of cyberbullying, especially in chatrooms. Harassment involves the bully saying hurtful or malicious things to an individual or a group of people. It can also evolve into cyberstalking where a bully finds their victim on social media or through other means and continues to harass them. This is why it is extremely important to never give out your personal details to strangers.

  • Trickery – Another form of cyberbullying which is widely used in chatrooms is trickery. This occurs when someone uses a trick to have another person reveal personal information or a secret to them. In many cases the bully will then use that information to blackmail the victim (see below) or will share that information with others to embarrass or hurt the person.

  • Blackmail – One of the worst forms of cyberbullying, blackmail is when someone gains personal information or private information about someone and uses it to get financial or sexual gains. A common form of blackmail occurs when the bully tricks their victim into getting naked in chat and then captures the screenshot. They then use the screenshot to receive more naked pictures of their victim or to try and extort money from them.

  • Denigration – Another form of cyberbullying is denigration which is where the bully makes fun of someone because of their appearance, where they’re from, or for another personal reason. This type of bullying can be extremely hurtful to the person who is being made fun of and can very quickly become harassment and even cyberstalking.

What dangers can you find on video chat sites?

There are several dangers which present themselves on video chat sites including online predators, not knowing who you are talking to, and abusive bulling. Each of these dangers are different and it is important to be aware of all of them.

Online Predators

Unfortunately there is no simple way of telling if the person you are talking to is a predator. When people are anonymous online, they are in an environment that allows them to pretend to be whoever they choose. It is essential to remember that in many cases people are not who they say they are online. Predators will generally try to gain the trust of their victim by pretending to be interested in them and by acting overly nice. They will use flattery to try and win over their victims.

It is important to remember that predators can spend a great deal of time trying to win over their victim. They will use a range of tricks to try and gain their trust before requesting nude pictures or other explicit materials. The best way to avoid being a victim to an online predator is to never ever give out your personal information such as address, phone number, or social media details.

Who are you talking to?

It is very simple for anyone to fake the way they look or their age online. When you are chatting to someone online, be it in a text chatroom or over video chat, it is difficult to tell if the person is who they say they are. Even on video chat when you can see the person, they could be using software to show pre-recorded footage or to alter their appearance. You can test to see of the person you are seeing on the screen is actually live by asking them to do something specific such as hold up two fingers or wave. However, even if they complete this remember that they could still be an online predator or could still be faking who they really are.

Abusive Bullying

One of the most common dangers when video chatting online is abusive bullying. This occurs when the person you are chatting with decides to insult you, belittle you, make racist remarks, or attempts to make you feel uncomfortable in any way. Abusive bullying can be extremely hurtful to the victim and make them feel very uncomfortable. The best way to avoid abusive bullying is to simply click ‘next’ if the person you are talking with becomes offensive and move on to a new chat.

What should you do if you feel you are being cyberbullied?

If you feel that someone is cyberbullying you there are a number of things you can do including:

Ignore Them – The simplest and most effective way of countering a cyberbully is to ignore them. If you meet someone on Camsurf who you are unsure of or who becomes abusive, simply click on the ‘next’ button and move on to a new person.

Record Them – Another effective way of countering a cyberbully is to record their actions using video recording software. If the bully is abusive or you suspect they are a sexual predator, you can record the person and report them to us at Camsurf so we can keep an eye out for them in the future.

Report Them – If you are worried about the behavior of a bully and feel threatened by someone when using Camsurf you can report them to us and make us aware of their actions and why you feel they were bullying you. We will then try our best to track them down and bar them from our service.

What should you not do if you feel you are being cyberbullied?

There are also things that you shouldn’t do if you feel you are being cyberbullied including:

Sink to their level – This is what the bully wants you to do. If someone I being abusive towards you, simply move on to another chat, do not engage them and become abusive back. If you sink to their level you become a bully also.

Believe the bully – If a bully is becoming abusive and says personal and hurtful things, it is important to remember they are only saying it to get a rise or a reaction from you. Do not let them destroy your self-esteem. Most bullies are cowards who are acting like this because they are insecure about their own problems and are projecting them on to you.

How Camsurf is Standing Up to Bullies

Our aim at Camsurf is to create a bully-free and family-friendly environment that is welcoming to all. As part of that mission we are taking a stand against cyberbullies by implementing various schemes to catch bullies and bar them from our service. We employ a team of moderators who monitor the chat platform for nudity, inappropriate behavior, and signs of bullying. All of our moderators undergo a course in understanding online bullying and how to spot the signs of someone who is being bullied. We are also implementing a series of informative articles and guides to help any victims of bullying and to educate our users to spot the signs of bullying. By taking these steps we will create the safest and friendliest Chatroulette platform online.

Camsurf Safespace Community Questions

Welcome to the Camsurf Safespace community questions and answers section. Here you can find questions that have been anonymously submitted by users of Camsurf on the topic of cyberbullying and answered by our in-house experts. If you feel that you have been affected by cyberbullying, would like to find out more about cyberbullying, or simply have a question you would like to ask anonymously, get in touch and we’ll post the answer here.

Q. Are teens the only people who get cyberbullied?

A. Not at all. Cyberbullying is a problem that affects both teens and adults. Although many adults would not like to admit it, cyberbullying is said to affect up to 40% of adults who use the internet. Cyberbullying transcends age or sex and anyone can be the victim of an online bully. In fact, many adults who are cyberbullied lash out by becoming bullies themselves. It is therefore extremely important to confront the problem by taking to someone rather than keeping it all locked up inside.

Q. What should I do if I feel uncomfortable with someone I’m talking to on Camsurf?

A. Camsurf is a family-friendly chatroulette site and we want our users to have fun when using our service. If you ever feel uncomfortable when chatting to another users on Camsurf you can use the ‘next’ button to switch to a new person who you can chat with. We advise our users to never engage in or validate a cyberbully. If someone is making you feel uncomfortable you should either ignore them and move on to another person to chat with or report them to our moderators who will investigate the situation.

Q. What is the difference between joking and cyberbullying?

A. There is a distinct difference between joking with someone and bullying someone. When using Camsurf you may come across people who like to dress up on cam or tell jokes, however, the way they say their jokes or the words they use might be offensive to you. If this is the case it is important to let them know that you are offended by what they are saying or the way they are saying it. In most cases the person who caused offense will apologies and you can resume your conversation. However, if the person continues to use words that offend and knows they are doing it intentionally it is classified as cyberbullying. It is important to think about what you are saying and how you are saying it when talking to a stranger as you may accidently offend them.

Q. How do I stop being cyberbullied when chatting on Camsurf?

A. There are several things you can do to stop cyberbullying if it occurs while you are using Camsurf. The first and most important thing to remember is to not respond to the bully, no matter how annoyed you become or how bad they make you feel. If someone is bullying you, they want to get a reaction out of you. By not responding or by ignoring them you are taking the power away from the bully. Another way of stopping cyberbullying on Camsurf is to take a screenshot or record the bully in action. You can then pass this on to our moderators who will investigate the case and ban the bully from the platform if necessary. It is also important to talk to someone if you feel you have been bullied online. Talking to someone can be very difficult, but you can report the bully anonymously here or on a cyberbullying website if you feel nervous. People who keep their emotions locked up are more likely to become bullies themselves so it is very important to talk to someone about it.

Q. How should I react when someone insults my appearance on Camsurf?

A. If someone insults your appearance, culture, traditions, or anything else that is personal to you the best way to deal with it is to simply ignore that person. On Camsurf we make it easy to skip between people by simply clicking the ‘next’ button when chatting. Therefore you don’t have to put up with anyone who is making you feel uncomfortable or who is insulting your appearance. Simply ignore them, don’t engage with them, and click on the ‘next’ button to connect with someone new. The most important thing to remember is to not sink to their level. If you start insulting them back you are validating their behavior and, even worse, becoming a bully yourself.

Q. Am I a cyberbully if I engage in an argument on Camsurf?

A. Not necessarily. It is important to distinguish the difference between talking to someone about a topic you disagree on and cyberbullying. On Camsurf you can meet thousands of strangers from around the world, all of whom have different opinions and views of the world. On some occasions you might find someone who disagrees with you about a certain topic. If you discuss this topic with them in a civilized manner where both of you can get your points across then it is not bullying. However, if you use insults and hurtful language while discussing issues then you may offend someone or hurt their feelings. This is the line between cyberbullying and talking about a topic you disagree on. The best way to avoid this is to stick to talking about topics you and the person you are chatting with are interested in. Remember, Camsurf is about having fun while meeting new people!

Q. What should I do if I accidently gave out my personal details to someone on Camsurf?

A. First of all, we highly recommend that users of Camsurf never give out their personal details, regardless of the situation. Even if you are talking to someone who you feel you can trust, you should never give them your phone number, address, or social media account details. However, if you have accidently given someone your personal details and they are harassing you there are a few things you can do. The first thing to do is to make your online accounts private. This includes your social media details and any other accounts which can be accessed publically. You should also block the person who is harassing you on your social media accounts and email. If the harassment persists, tell someone close to you such as your parents what is happening. You can then decide together if the harassment is bad enough to go to the police about. Never allow the person to harass you or blackmail you. No matter how bad the situation there is always a solution and help out there for you.

Q. How can I stay safe when chatting on Camsurf?

A. There are a few things you can do to stay safe when chatting to people on Camsurf. The golden rule is to never under any circumstances give out your personal details to a stranger. This includes you home address, email address, phone number, and even full name. Camsurf provides you with the ability to meet new people anonymously and as such you can protect your personal details from predators and bullies. Another way to stay safe when using Camsurf is to never allow a stranger to persuade you to do something you are uncomfortable with. There is always a possibility that a stranger is recording the conversation and could use incriminating material against you in the future. By thinking before you act and keeping your personal details private you can enjoy Camsurf and stay safe at the same time.

Camsurf Safespace Facts & Stats

If you are a victim of cyberbullying you can feel alone. It can feel like you are the only person in the world who is suffering. However, that is far from the truth. In fact, almost everyone has experienced some form of bullying or cyberbullying in their lifetime. It is important to remember you are not alone and there are people you can talk to when you feel down. We have compiled a collection of facts and statistics to show you that cyberbullying is a prevalent problem that many people suffer from.

Cyberbullying Frequency

The frequency of cyberbullying may surprise you. It is prevalent throughout the internet and happens to people of all ages, races, and nationalities. Here are some statistics on the frequency of cyberbullying:

  • Over 80% of people feel that it is easier to get away with cyberbullying than bullying someone face to face.
  • One in two people admit they have said something harmful or mean to another person online intentionally. If you take into account the number of people who are too ashamed or embarrassed to admit saying something harmful, the percentage is likely to be much higher.
  • Of the people who admitted to intentionally being mean online, over half of them admitted to doing it more than once.
  • Over 75% of people report to have seen or witnessed a form of cyberbullying. However, only 10% of those people said they have intervened.
  • Teens and adults who spend more than three hours a day on social networks or chat sites are 110% more likely to be a victim of cyberbullying than those who spend less time online.
  • Just over 10% of teens have provided another person with compromising pictures of themselves.

Cyberbullying Demographics

Although anyone could be a victim of cyberbullying, there are some people who are statistically more likely to be a victim of harassment or bullying online. Here are some statistics on the demographics of cyberbullying:

  • Girls are approximately twice as likely as boys to be victims of cyberbullying in all ways.
  • Having said that, girls are also approximately twice as likely as boys to be the perpetrators of cyberbullying.
  • Boys are more likely to be the victim of threats by cyberbullies, whereas girls are more likely to the victim of predators.
  • Over 90% of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, or queer have been the victim of cyberbullying.
  • Teens of all races are equally as likely to be the victim of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Facts

Gaining knowledge about cyberbullying is important. When you understand what cyberbullying is and why it happens, you are more likely to avoid confrontations online and also less likely to become a cyberbully yourself. To help you increase your knowledge about cyberbullying, here are some facts about cyberbullying you may not know:

  • In the last three years, reports of online bullying have increased by almost 90%. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the volume of cyberbullying has increased but could reflect the fact that people are gaining more knowledge about cyberbullying and are more likely to report it.
  • Over one in four children between the ages of 7 and 11 have either been a victim of cyberbullying or know someone who has been cyberbullied. These figures are shocking and show that cyberbullying is something that occurs at a very young age.
  • Over 70% of people aged between 13 and 22 have been a victim of cyberbullying. This age group is the range with the highest percentage of people who become victims of cyberbullying. For this reason it is essential to reach out to friends and family members who fall into this age group and talk to them about cyberbullying.
  • Over 60% of teens aged between 13 and 18 have been asked for sexual images of themselves. This is a serious problem with young people online and education is the best way to ensure that you don’t become a victim of blackmail or worse.
  • One in five children between the ages of 7 and 11 said that they wanted to report an incident of cyberbullying online, however they didn’t know how to make a report, who they should report it to, and why it would help their situation.
  • When being cyberbullied, only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or a trusted adult of their abuse. This means that 90% of teens who are victims of cyberbullying are suffering alone and in silence.
  • Victims of cyberbullying are between 2 and 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide. This is perhaps the most powerful statistic of the lot and is a clear demonstration of why education and understanding when it comes to cyberbullying is essential.
  • Cyberbullying has been linked to issues such as low self-esteem, anger, frustration, suicidal ideation, and a number of other emotional and psychological problems.

The Effects of Cyberbullying

It isn’t just the act of cyberbullying which needs to be identified and understood. The effects of cyberbullying on victims also needs to be highlighted and is a major part of the problem. By knowing what the effects of cyberbullying are and being able to spot them in family members, friends, and colleagues you can attempt to open up a dialogue with them and offer support. Effects of cyberbullying can include:

  • Over 70% of people who have experienced cyberbullying felt that it negatively impacted their social lives.
  • Over 80% of people who have experienced cyberbullying felt that it hurt their self-esteem and their ability to make friends or socialize normally.
  • Almost one in three people who have experienced cyberbullying have turned to self-harming behaviors. This figure has increased in the last three years suggesting that more people are being cyberbullied and that their ability to talk about it is diminishing.
  • Almost one in three people who have experienced cyberbullying have also had suicidal thoughts. This figure has also increased in the last three years.
  • Almost 10 percent of children who have experienced cyberbullying have attempted to take their own lives. This relates exclusively to children who have blamed cyberbullying for the attempted suicide.
  • Just over 7 percent of people who have been a victim of cyberbullying have bullied others as a result of their torment.

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