How To Deal With A Cyberbully

How To Deal With A Cyberbully

Traditional bullying used to be simple. What people call “bullying” is sometimes an argument between two people. But if someone is repeatedly cruel to you, that’s bullying and you mustn’t blame yourself. No one deserves to be treated cruelly.

Nowadays, bullying has jumped to the digital space. According to StopBullying.Org, Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content.

Does this sound like something you’ve been a victim of? We’ve prepared a step by step guide on how to combat a cyber bully.

Identify Threat
Believe it or not, most people don’t even know their being cyberbullied. Things like false rumors spread online, mean texts and images, threats, hurtful comments and identity theft are all forms of cyberbullying.

Speak up
Recent studies suggest that most bullies target people they don’t even know. That means most kids are cyber-bullied by total strangers. Most cyberbullies are just bored or looking to have some fun by bashing people on the internet. They just simply felt like picking a fight with someone. When you see this sort of behavior, it’s important it that you report abusive comments to whatever social media account you’re using. For instance, apps like Instagram have ways for users to report abusive comments. Simply hit the report button on the abusive comment in question.

Save Evidence
Saving screenshots, emails or messages could help you fight a cyber bully in the long run. If the cyberbullying goes to the extreme and you have to go legal…screenshots could help your case. Anyone who goes out of their way to spread hate deserves to pay the price for their crimes. Don’t let them get away with it by saving evidence.

Go Private
Since most cyberbullies are strangers, going private is the best way to keep the harassment at minimum. Go private on your social media accounts to keep the cyberbullies at bay. You are in control of your own social media. Don’t give a cyberbully the authority to harm you online. A simple block or private profile could save you a lot of grief.

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