Cyberbullying is an unfortunate reality that affects many children and teenagers around the globe. However, there are some steps we can take in order to minimize its impacts. Here, we share 6 ways to deal with this kind of situation:
1. Should you answer to the bully?
No, if you are a victim of cyberbullying you should avoid answering to him or her. If you go that way and you answer the bully you can enter a spiral that will make everything worse.
2. Save the messages
Whenever you can save the messages that the bully has sent you, do it. They can be valuable to show to someone that can help you overcome this situation.
3. Report and block
Most of our social media apps allow us to block and report anybody that tries to harm us. Do that to the person who is cyberbullying you.
4. Talk about it
There are people who are willing to help. You are not alone in dealing with bullying. Tell it to your parents, to your teacher, to a psychologist and, if it needs to be, to the authorities. Don´t suffer alone.
5. Keep your privacy settings
Again, most social media apps allow you to set your privacy definitions. The best is to set them at a maximum level so that only people that you really know can see what you publish online.
6. Keep the strangers away
If you don´t know them, don´t accept them. This should be your motto for social media. Always double-check those who wish to add you on social media. It´s not safe to accept the invitation of person that you haven´t met in real life. Remember: you don´t know what their intentions are.
So, and this is very important, if you are a victim of cyberbullying, please do remember that there are people that can help you. Reach out to your family, to your teachers, to anyone that you know you can trust. They will be there to support you.