By Daniel Chokoe
Social network has certainly brought an avalanche of benefits for its users, benefits ranging from world-wide communication ability and cost-saving communications.
On the flip side of the benefits lies an ugly side of social media: Cyberbullying which is defined as the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
This act has grown tremendously and people do it for various reasons, fame and being liked remains the most popular reason. The cyber world is filled with all kinds of people good and bad, the last thing anyone in this world would like to experience is cyberbullying. I have jotted down some tips to help you avoid it or deal with a potential act cyberbullying.
Top 3 Tips on how to avoid Cyberbullying:
- Do not respond to bullies
If someone bullies you, your reaction will ultimate dictate if the bullying continues or stop. In hindsight a lot of us would like to respond and tell off the bully but that is exactly what the bully wants from you. A few exchange of texts can lead into a completely messy situation which can drag on for a lengthy period. So do yourself a favour and avoid a bully, you are not obliged to respond to anybody’s utterance.
2. Block the bully
Instead of working yourself up over harassment from someone you can remove that person by clicking a few buttons, if the bullying happens in a group chat leave that group.
3. Save the evidence
Cyberbullying is a crime and if someone is found guilty for such an act they could potentially face jail time. One positive thing about cyberbullying is that the harassing messages can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help. You need to do this even if it’s minor stuff, in case things escalate and police get involved.
In closing, the most important aspect is to never empower the bully and if you follow the above mentioned tips, there is absolutely no way that you can become a victim.
Save the evidence. The only good news about digital bullying is that the harassing messages can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help. You need to do this even if it’s minor stuff, in case things escalate.
Have you ever experienced cyberbullying or are you currently a victim of it? Tell us about your experience and we can advise further on how to deal with it.