Instant Messenger (IM) is a useful tool that allows people to communicate in real time, exchanging messages, pictures, videos, links and more, without the delays associated with email. It can also be abused by some people to send harmful messages.

If you are being bullied by on instant messenger, you can normally choose to easily block that person from contacting you again. Follow the links below to learn how to set privacy and status options on some of the most popular New Zealand IM chat tools.

MSN or Windows Messenger has a good help site. Other popular chat tools include Skype, Google Talk (Gmail chat), iChat, Facebook Chat and other social networking sites. Remember - take screenshots or save chats if you can as evidence of the bullying.