Cyberbullying and Blogging

While being a blogger provides you with an opportunity to express yourself, it also put you in a very vulnerable position as you are prone to be bullying, aka Cyber Bullying(CB). So let’s talk about it today.

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗖𝘆𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗕𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴:
Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means.
Harmful bullying behaviour can include posting rumours, threats, sexual remarks, a victims’ personal information, or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech)

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗖𝘆𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗕𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴:

Some very common types of CB are:

𝑪𝒚𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 – This is the act of repeatedly sending messages that include threats of harm, harassment, intimidating messages, or engaging in other online activities that make a person afraid for his or her safety.

𝑯𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 – This is the act of sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages and being abusive.

𝑻𝒓𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 – When a person who starts arguments or upsets people by posting inflammatory, extraneous messages online. The aim of a troll is to provoke other online users into an emotional response often for their own amusement.

𝑰𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 – This is when someone will hack into someone’s email or social networking account and use the person’s online identity to send or post vicious or embarrassing material

𝗔𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝘆𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴

For many cyber bullying affects their everyday lives and is a constant source of distress and worryto/about others. Few Signs to look for a person victim of CB are

  • Low self esteem
  • Spending time alone
  • Depression/crying/anger
  • Change of Physical Appearance

𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝑰 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑪𝑩:

Well, being a digital content creator, I become a victim of CB quite often. Generally, I do the following to tackle any sort of CB:

  • Ignoring any such messages where I am attacked but the other person stays in limits.
  • If I see that while someone is violating the community guidelines set by the platform ( Instagram for example), I immediately report such comments or messages to authorities and it is often taken into action.
– Each country/region has special departments to deal with Cyber Bullying/Crime and, if someone is threatening you beyond limits, please find email/Phone numbers of the department and report immediately.

Therefore, I encourage you to report any such messages to make the community safer where we all are spending a lot of time.

Say 𝙉𝙊 to Cyberbullying. Please get in touch if you want to know more about CB or have any questions.

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