Cyberbullying can take place on social media, messaging platforms, gaming platforms, and mobile phones. Its purpose is to frighten, anger, or embarrass people. Adolescent victims of cyberbullying may experience a variety of negative emotions, such as sadness, anger, fear, and embarrassment.
Cyberbullying: As fast as the internet world is growing, the damage caused by it is also growing at the same pace. You must have heard of trolling on social media apps by now. In which people vent out their anger on some comment or post and force the other person to withdraw their stand.
But cyberbullying has gone a step further and is proving to be harmful for everyone, big or small. Cyberbullying is the deliberate use of digital technology to harass or intimidate someone. This includes sending rude, obscene or offensive messages, comments and images/videos using the Internet or mobile technology. In such a situation, UNICEF has shared some tips to prevent cyberbullying.
UNICEF’s tips to protect against cyberbullying
- Use strong passwords: Use strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts.
- Keep your personal information limited: Avoid sharing personal information publicly online, such as your full name, address, or phone number.
- Post thoughtfully: Before posting anything online, think about how it could affect others.
- Recognize cyberbullying: If you feel that you or someone you know is facing cyberbullying, recognize it and take steps to deal with it.
- Take a stand against cyberbullying: If you see cyberbullying, don’t stay silent. Raise voice against it and support the victim.
- Collect evidence: If you are facing cyberbullying, it is important to collect evidence. Save screenshots, emails, and text messages that are proof of cyberbullying.
- Talk to a trusted adult: If you’re facing cyberbullying, talk to a trusted adult, such as a parent, teacher, or counselor.
- Educate others about cyberbullying: Educate your friends, family, and community about cyberbullying and encourage them to stand against it.
- Use tools to stay safe online: There are several tools available to help you stay safe online. Use these tools and make your online experience secure.
- Report cyberbullying: If you are facing cyberbullying, report it to the concerned authorities.
- Don’t be afraid of cyberbullying: Remember you are not alone. Don’t be afraid of cyberbullying and use your voice to stand up against it.