The internet brings with it a wide range of benefits, but it also brings with it a number of risks. These risks will continue to grow as we move deeper into the online world. This blog will look at the specific risk of cyberbullying you may experience online and how to avoid it.
What is Cyberbullying?
According to UNICEF, “cyberbullying” is bullying with the use of digital technologies. In other words, social media, messaging, gaming, and mobile phone platforms are all places where cyberbullying can occur. Cyberbullying is characterised by recurrent actions intended to terrorise or humiliate the targeted. Spreading false information, publishing embarrassing images, delivering ominous messages, or even impersonating someone are a few examples. Cyberbullying leaves a digital trace, thus there is perpetual proof of its existence.
About 37% of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have been bullied online. Girls are more likely to be both victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying than boys.
What consequences does Cyberbullying have?
A victim of cyberbullying is impacted both online and offline. Long-lasting consequences include insecurity, a loss of confidence, and a sense of ill health. Such impacts may stop a victim from sharing their story or speaking up to ask for assistance and support.
Having negative mental effects can make you feel angry, foolish, and embarrassed.
Shame and a loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities are two emotional repercussions.
Possible adverse effects include fatigue, gastrointestinal discomfort, and headaches.
When dealing with cyberbullying, leaving the Internet temporarily may be the best course of action. A victim of abuse, which is what cyberbullying symbolises, typically feels as though they did something wrong. A victim shouldn’t, however, be treated unfairly or in isolation. Additionally, it will just support the attacker’s deplorable behaviour.
What actions should be taken in case of Cyberbullying?
The greatest strategy is to be aware of what we post online, who we communicate with, and what to do in the event of cyberbullying.
- Configure the social media platforms’ privacy options.
- Set a limit on who can view your profile.
- Choose who is permitted to send you private messages.
- Hide comments made by particular people.
- Don’t divulge any personal information, like your address, phone number, or anything else that might be deemed private.
- Report offensive remarks, texts, and images, and have the request removed.
- Block the account or report it.
The most crucial thing is to act when confronted with any improper behaviour. We strongly advise you to censor, flag, or prohibit such accounts.We hope this blog post gives you the information you will need to handle the situation in the best way possible.
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