Has anyone ever said anything mean to you on the Internet? Have you ever read a threatening comment directed towards someone you know? Do you see people being taunted from time to time online for their appearance, job, or race? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have been exposed to cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is the use of modern day technology (internet, cell phones) to harm or harass someone. Cyber bullying is a growing problem all over the world and children as young as 7 have been victimized by it. Here are some ways to handle a cyber bully:
- Realize that you are dealing with a coward. Most cyber bullies choose to be hurtful through the web because they don’t have the courage to say something mean to someone directly. Most have no common sense and that is why they get pleasure out of verbally harming people for no reason. Don’t let someone that has nothing better to do with his or her time make you feel bad about yourself.
- Don’t face this bully alone. Tell someone. You don’t have to handle a cyber bully alone without any support. Seek advice from a parent, friend, counselor, or even a teacher on how to handle your situation.
- Cut off all ties. Engaging with a person who is only trying to harm you will not benefit you in anyway. Whether you have to block the cyber bully or stop using whatever website altogether, it’s worth escaping someone who is trying to hurt you.
- Keep evidence. Take screenshots of messages or comments the cyber bully has ever directed towards you. Depending one the severity of the bullying, records may be needed in order to take action against this person.
Remember that a cyber bully is a person who pleasures from getting reactions from its target. The best way to stop being bullied is to show that you are not affected by it and to cut off all ties.
Additional information: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/bullying.htm