Has anyone typed or texted you a message that made you feel uncomfortable or ashamed, and they refused to stop? What about gossip or hurtful comments? Has anybody targeted you on social media? These are a few clear indicators that you’ve been bullied. People who cyberbully go to great lengths to spread negative and hurtful content online, even as far as creating fake social media accounts. There are thousands of fake social media accounts out there – many for hurting people. Whenever you go to grab your phone, log onto your social media or chat online, you shouldn’t have to experience pain or feel threatened. If these negative feelings are associated with your digital experience, chances are you’re being cyberbullied, and you don’t deserve that.
With ease of access to the internet and social media and our phones in our pockets, many of us are bombarded with pings, alerts, texts, and comment notifications 24/7. Within all of that noise lies the potential for anyone to digitally strike back or lash out at someone for their beliefs, their lifestyle, or their ideas. Even if it’s a “small” comment or you’re retweeting a rumor, it’s still cyberbullying and can have a strong, negative impact.
Cyberbullying is real and can occur in many different ways and can happen anytime and anywhere, and it occurs when someone deliberately sets out to hurt you online or through text messages.
You don’t have to face cyberbullying alone, and there are ways to help prevent and protect yourself from being cyberbullied.
To help prevent the cyberbullying problem from escalating, there are a few things you should not do.
The best way to help a child or anyone being cyberbullied is to know the signs and what to look for. Here are 6 clues that may suggest your child (or someone you know) is being cyberbullied:
Thankfully, there are more and more people and organizations standing up and against all forms of bullying, and we’re one of them. We invite you to stay connected to our mission and our blog as we delve deeper into topics related to cyberbullying – something that has become an epidemic in the world of new technology.
If you’re ready to take a stand against cyberbullying, you can join the Free2Luv movement and use your voice or your story to uplift and inspire others. Change begins with each of us and it starts now.