With the internet becoming our key if not main means of communication and social interaction, most of the offline vices have also found their way onto the online space.
As bullying is experienced offline, cyberbullying (cyber harassment) has become the electronic form of that vicious act.
Getting bullied or harassed on social media or through text messaging can feel really terrible.
Cyberbullying is really the same if not worse than bullying itself.
There is no running away from cyberbullying when you’re the target.
Being connected to your phone, tablet, or computer all the time means that a bully can sneak into your life and make it feel like there’s no safe place to be.
That’s why all of us must speak up when we see someone being bullied, both offline and online.
However, here are tips on how to call out cyberbullying or cyberharassment:
- Save harassing emails, texts, or messages. Take screenshots of harassment. This can be important evidence down the line.
- Report bullying where it happens. Report online abuse to Facebook or Twitter if you’re bullied on those platforms. You can report to other site admins if you’re bullied on their sites.
- Tell an adult that you trust. Talk with a parent, teacher, coach, counsellor, or someone who can be supportive. Adults can only help if they know about the problem.
- Don’t respond to mean or threatening messages. This can make the bullying worse. Also, you could get in trouble if you make threats back.
- Report serious threats to the police. If someone threatens your safety or shares sexual pictures or video of you, report it to the police immediately.
Together, all of us can make these social media streets safer for everyone.