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How to fight cyberbullying

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How to fight cyberbullying: The news events of recent years have unfortunately narrated numerous episodes of cyberbullying. According to some studies, this phenomenon now accounts for about 34% of all the various forms of bullying that are perpetrated to the detriment of millions of children from all over the world and occurs mainly via chat, or through the use of instant messaging services. and social networks.

If you have also been a victim of such unpleasant episodes, you will surely be interested in having some useful information about how to fight cyberbullying. In the next paragraphs, in addition to providing you with “tips” that will be useful for this purpose, I will also provide you with indications on how to try to prevent the phenomenon of cyberbullying and, in the last part of the article, I will list some useful resources for parents.

I really hope that reading this guide will help you to overcome your problem with cyberbullying and, why not, help some of your friends too, should they need it. Strength and courage: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next paragraphs and then try to put into practice the suggestions I will give you. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you happy reading and, above all, wish you a very big good luck for everything!

Prevent Cyberbullying

Since as they say “prevention is better than cure”, I would say to start this discussion with some suggestions that could be useful for prevent cyberbullying. These are tricks to be applied both in “real” life and online, which could somehow help you avoid attracting the attention of cyberbullies.

  • Treat others as you would like to be treated – you don’t want someone to make fun of you for a physical defect or for any other reason? So don’t even do it towards others, otherwise you could attract the antipathies of others, including those of cyberbullies. Follow this advice both when you are physically with others and when you frequent them online, for example with the comments you post on social networks or the messages you send.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous situations – if you realize that a situation could generate a quarrel or discussion (even online), better move away from the potential danger. In many cases, in fact, it is from a single episode that misunderstandings with potential cyberbullies can arise.
  • Be sure of yourself – bullies target children who, at least in appearance, seem more “weak” and defenseless than others. Therefore, try to become more confident in yourself and in your abilities, not giving others the impression of having low self-esteem.

Clearly it is not certain that by following these simple tricks you will be able to avoid the attention of cyberbullies, but at least you will be able to reduce the risk of falling victim to them.

Use the Internet and social networks wisely

Use the Internet and social networks wisely is one of the first things I invite you to do to try fight cyberbullying. To avoid receiving disparaging messages, insults, blackmail and threats, in fact, you must pay attention to your online behavior. Do you want me to give you some examples?

If you want to avoid receiving unwanted compliments or blackmail, avoid posting photos that portray you in provocative poses or other dubious attitudes and do not make the mistake of sending material of this kind via chat to one or more users: you would lose control of the content sent, with the risk that it will be put online without your knowledge.

Moreover, do not accept anyone’s friendshipespecially from people you don’t know or those who could potentially bother you (e.g. kids who go to the same school as you and are anything but recommendable).

Speaking of social networks, if you do not want certain content and information to be seen by other users, take a look at the guides in which I explain how to privatize Facebook and how to put a private profile on Instagram: there you will find specific advice on what to do.

Report and block cyberbullies

If you are the recipient of insults or attitudes related to online bullying, you can report cyberbullies to the giants of the Web: by doing so, you can arrange for their accounts to be suspended (provided that the platforms deem it necessary to do so) and you can block them, preventing them from communicating with you.

If, for example, you want report the Facebook profile of a person who annoys you, log in to your account from the official app of the social network for Android or iOSgo to the profile of the user you want to report, tap the button (…) Other on the right and select the item Provide feedback or report this profile.

In the menu that opens, then indicate the type of report you want to make (eg. I want help> Intimidation), tap the button Send to send the report and possibly block the user using the function Block: If the person in question was included in your friends list, they will be removed and will no longer be able to contact you. A similar procedure can also be done by the web version of Facebook, from PC, as I have already explained to you in this other guide.

If, on the other hand, you want report / block the Instagram profile of a person who has bothered you, log in to your account from the official social network app for Android or iOSgo to the profile of the user you want to report, tap on the item Report and provide information on why you want to report and block it (eg. It is not appropriate), then taking care to specify the action you intend to take against it and eventually block it by pressing the button Block. More info here.

A cyberbully is pestering you up Whatsapp? In this case, know that you can block him (so as to prevent him from contacting you again via chat) and report his account to the famous instant messaging service. To proceed, start WhatsApp on your smartphone Android or yours iPhoneopen the chat of the user of your interest, by tapping on his name, and press on his again first name located at the top. At this point, scroll down the screen that appears, tap on the item Block contact and select the option Report spam and block to block the user and report his harassing behavior. More info here.

Talk to your parents and teachers

Talk to your parents and teachers it is very important to combat the phenomenon of online bullying. Don’t make the mistake of addressing the problem alone, just because you feel embarrassed, ashamed, or fearful of reporting it to adults you trust.

You will see that by talking to your parents and / or your teachers about what happened, you will be able to resolve the situation: they will certainly be able to provide you with the practical help you need, preventing the situation from worsening further.

Furthermore, the psychological relief arising from the knowledge that others are aware of the situation and that you are not alone in dealing with it.

Complain to the authorities

If the cyberbullying acts perpetrated to your detriment persist and / or escalate to include threats, intimidating messages and the like, I suggest that you report to the authorities.

Go, therefore, to the police station or in the police station closest (possibly together with your parents) and provide the agents who will assist you with all the data and information necessary to proceed.

Useful resources for parents

Are you a parent and are you reading this guide because you want to help your children protect themselves from cyberbullies? If so, what I can advise you to do is keep the lines of communication open with your children and take an interest in what doboth online and in the “real world”.

To do this, you may find it helpful to monitor the activities your kids do when they are online through the use of parental control apps and services – how Mobile Fence (Android) And Qustodio (Android/iOS), which I told you about in other guides – which can be used for free for short trial periods and then are paid (their subscription plans start at 36 dollars / year and 29.95 euros / year respectively).

Among other things, these parental control services allow you to monitor calls and messages received on controlled devices, view the web history and even the movements of your children. Consider using these solutions to protect your children, especially if they are preteens.