Cyberbullying is the ordinary bulling which takes place over modern gadgets (phones, tablets, computers). It occurs through text messages, emails, instant messengers and social media apps. Cyberbullying includes posting negative comments, hateful messages, spreading rumors or insults on the Net.
Over 30% of teens face with cyberbullying on the social media platforms. Cyberbullying has devastating effects on a child. It causes stress, inferiority complex, leads to depression and in worst cases to suicide attempts. Get to know how to recognize and stop cyberbullying before it will lead to irreversible consequences.
Step 1. Find the warning signs of cyberbullying
There are two forms of cyberbullying: personal and public harassment.
Personal harassment takes place when a cyberbully contacts the victim directly through text messages, instant messages, emails and other ways of electronic communication. This form of cyberbullying includes:
- Sending threats and hateful messages;
- Sending embarrassing and violent images;
- Telling lies about person`s bad appearance.
Public harassment takes place when a cyberbully jeers at the victim in the public view, not directly. Such tactics are widely-spread:
- Posting hateful comments on the social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp;
- Spreading rumors online;
- Creating fake accounts with embarrassing content and pictures of the victim.
Step 2. Identify the reasons of cyberbullying
Don`t be surprised if a bully will turn to be your ex, a friend or the other person you know very well. Have a face-to-face conversation with this person, not through the social media apps. File every message, every comment and every insult received from the bully. Then ask this person to stop otherwise you will report to the police and show all evidence you have against the bully. But keep in mind that some people bully the others without reasons just for fun or asserting oneself.
Step 3. Take immediate actions
Dealing with cyberbullying can be difficult, but you need to get the guts to offset the the aggressor. Follow the tips to put the end to cyberbullying:
1. Don`t respond to bully`s messages
Don`t answer the harassing text messages, emails or comments. What`s more, don`t threat or promise to pay back. Bullies crave for getting a reaction from their targets, so responding to their insults can only make things worse.
2. Save evidence
Save every text, email, comment and instant message received from the bully, including the time and date the evidence was sent. You need to have as much information as possible to informing the police if the bully will not stop.
3. Block the bully
When you saved all important evidence, instantly restrict the communication with the bully.
- block direct communication with a bully;
- delete person from your email contacts;
- delete and block the person from instant messengers;
- block the person on your smartphone;
4. Improve privacy settings
Limit the amount of personal information available online. It will prevent the bully from finding new ways to contact you. In order to protect yourself:
- don`t reveal your personal details (phone address, personal details);
- change your screen name to eliminate the possibility to continue online harassment.
- create a new account;
5. Inform the service providers about the cyberbullying
Cyberbullying contravenes the security policy. That`s why it is crucial to inform the service providers about this issue. You can send the bully`s messages to prove that you`ve been bullied and the provider will decide how to solve this problem.
6. Report school administrator
Every school has a strict policy of dealing with bullying and some schools has a plan to put an end to the cyberbullying too. School authorities should be aware of the cyberbullying problem in order to protect the other students from it. It is important to raise awareness. If you are a parent, set a meeting with a dean or principal in order to put an end to this issue. For example, anti-cyberbullying clubs can be created. There psychologists and teachers can talk to kids and explain why this issue is dangerous and where it can lead to.
7. Use tracking apps
If you have a child who constantly uses social media apps, it is important to use mSpy parental control app as a protective measure. It will help you track your kid`s online activity, text messages and calls and make sure your child is not involved in cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is an issue that should be taken very seriously. After reading this article you will be able to recognize cyberbullying and put an end to it very easily.
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