How to protect ourselves from Cyber Bullies as an Adult

Dedicated in memory of Caroline Flack

Cyberbullying is any form of bullying which takes place online, through smartphones, tablets, social media, and networking sites. Messaging Apps, gaming sites, chat rooms, Facebook, X box live, Instagram, and chat rooms.

Last weekend TV presenter Caroline Flack took her own life although nobody knows everything behind why she did this she had been under tremendous pressure and was in the public eye about an alleged assault on her Partner. Many people have said that she had been a victim of online trolling before she died and had even received death Threats. She had her whole life in front of her.

In a National bullying survey, 56% of young people say they have been bullied online.

Cyberbullying can take many forms such as harassment, sending insulting messages and nasty and humiliating posts. I myself have been the victim of online trolling.

But I think there are some ways in which we can try to protect ourselves from this happening.

  1. First, we can try and ignore the person who is doing the trolling, even though I know this is hard sometimes if you ignore a bully they will give up. If the bully gets a reaction, they will do it more.
  2. Record and save any evidence, in case you need to go to the police or take legal action
  3. Know your fundamental human rights, recognize if they are being violated.
  4. If you go on social media keep up to date with privacy settings, keep as much information restricted as you can.
  5. Keep your cool and try and avoid being reactive.
  6. Do not accept a friend request on social media from Strangers.
  7. Use site controls on social media. This can prevent anyone in the general public from searching for you or messaging you. This allows you to have more control over who you interact with.
  8.  Keep your information protected. If you are using a public computer, be sure to log off any website you are on and be skeptical in online interactions.

 

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Claudette is a passionate campaigner and activist for mental health stigma and domestic abuse. She believes that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their disability or gender. She has diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder, endometriosis, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia. Claudette has a certificate in Management studies.  Her interests include beauty, makeup, animals politics, current affairs and social networking.

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