11-Jan-2021 - 1 min read
In today’s social media-centric world, bullying has moved into cyberspace — It exists beyond kids. Adults are increasingly finding themselves targets of online harassment.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “cyberbullying” was first used in 1998. They define it as “the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (such as a student) often done anonymously.”
Cyberbullying can be any type of bullying that takes place online. It can mean creating fake social media accounts, posting embarrassing pictures/videos online, sending hurtful text messages or emails, spreading rumors and sharing private information online without permission.
Cyberbullying can happen anywhere, at any time. You may experience it even in places where you’d normally feel safe, such as your home, and at times when you’d least expect it, like during the weekend in the company of your family. It can seem like there’s no escape from the taunting and humiliation. Dealing with cyberbullying is rarely easy, but here are some steps you can take to cope with it:
Don’t respond: Don't respond to any emails, app messages, or text messages sent by cyberbullies. Sometimes a reaction is exactly what aggressors are looking for because they think it gives them power over you, and you don’t want to empower a bully.
Don't retaliate: Getting back at a bully turns you into one and can turn one mean act into a chain reaction. If you can, remove yourself from the situation.
Use the block button : Most social media apps allow you to block the person. Whether the harassment is an app, texting, comments or tagged photos, do yourself the favor.
Protect your accounts. Don’t share your passwords with anyone and password-protect your phone so no one can use it to impersonate you.
Are you often a recipient of this form of bullying?
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