Cyberbullying - What can you do?

Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, usually by sending messages that are threatening in nature.  Cyberbullying can happen to anyone, but more often to kids as they maybe reluctant to take action or admit they are victims.  Examples of cyberbullying include hurtful instant messages, texts, embarrassing photos or video on social media.  Other forms of cyberbullying include online rumors via social media or texts.

Here are are some tips to deal with cyberbullying.

  • Don’t respond.  Responding will likely make things worse and put everyone in a defensive position. More often than not, they are looking for a reaction from you and not to have a discussion.
  • Focus on possive comments and move past the negativity.  If you feel like you can’t, then delete the response.
  • Delete, block or unfriend.  You don’t need this person to be your friend if they focus on negativity and abuse.
  • Use reporting tools in the community to let them know what is going on.  Abuse in any online community is taken seriously and promptly dealt with.  Let the site know that a person is abusing their guidelines and terms of service.
  • Take screenshots and save them.  This is to document in case things get worse.  Regardless if you delete the comments, take a screenshot anyway since the site may eventually find it and delete it themselves.

 

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