How to Identify and Cope With Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying can seem like a never ending torment, especially when there are many people involved. But there are steps you can take, and people you can talk to in order to make it stop.

What Is #CyberBullying?

Harassment: Rumors, threats, or embarrassing info spread online.

Impersonation: Pretending to be someone else online to make fun of or hurt someone.

Photographs: Using pictures to bully or humiliate someone.

Websites/Blogs/Hacking: Using these sites to spread rumors and personal info, hack, or spread viruses.

Happy Slapping: Filming a bullying incident and posting it online.

If ANY of the above has happened to you, then you’re being cyber bullied. You have to take action NOW. Cyber bullying can escalate and do damage to your happiness, self confidence, and well being.

What should you do if you’re being cyber bullied?
Check out the tips below!

Step 1: Analyze your online life. What social media sites are you being bullied on? Which social media sites does everything seem OK on? Do some digging.

Step 2: Get to know your privacy settings. Just because you’re on the “default” privacy setting doesn’t mean it’s the RIGHT or SAFE setting. So do your research and make your privacy settings as private as possible. Remember: YOU are your OWN NUMBER ONE priority. Your safety comes before followers and likes.

Step 3: Don’t be afraid to hit BLOCK or REPORT. Don’t ever let anyone treat you badly. Those BLOCK and REPORT buttons are there for a reason.

Step 4: Anonymous sites are NOT for you. If you’re being bullied, don’t even think about making an account on an anonymous site. Those websites are breeding grounds for bullying.

Step 5: #GoDark or #Go(Almost)Dark. Going dark is basically like a vacation from your social media. Everyone needs a break once in a while. So if you’re being bullied on Instagram, then log out for a few days. Check back in and see if you’re still being bullied. If you are, you’re going to want to spend more time away from it. Just because you feel OK, doesn’t mean that you are. Cyber bullying is dangerous.

Step 6: Fill the #CyberCrave. If you’re going dark from your favorite social media sites, it’s normal to feel a gap inside of yourself. You might feel a bit empty — like you’re missing something. That’s pretty normal, but there are ways to not feel that way. Fill your day with activities that make you happy — big and small. It could be as simple as a cup of tea and your favorite book or meeting up with friends. Make yourself happy. You deserve that and more.

Step 7: Take screenshots. If the trolling is threatening, personal, or hateful, save the evidence in case things escalate.