dealing with cyberbully

Bullying doesn’t only occur in schools where a student forcefully make another student do something against his wish, or in the street where some bad guys put you to do something at their favor.
The internet has brought a lot of improvement to the community; (Good and Bad) it makes communication easier and also helps kids in wasting their time. Kids of nowadays spend more of their time on the internet for the sake of communication, often with strangers thereby creating room for cyberbully.

Dealing with cyberbully

Before we dig into dealing with cyberbully, let’s first understand what cyberbully is;

What is cyberbully? Cyberbullying  is the use of electronic communication such as email, social media or SMS (short messaging system) to torment, threaten, harass, humiliate or embarrass a person.

Cyberbullying involves:

i. Sending any kind of threatening message to a person.

ii. Using tricks to make someone revile his/her personal information which he has choosing to keep secret, and then share it with others.

iii. Hacking into someone’s email or social media account to send spammy messages to people while posing as that person.

iv. Using websites to collect peoples email addresses or phone number for reselling purpose

v. Harassing someone privately or publicly on social media websites

vi. Creating a social media account with someone’s name and image to deceive of scam people


How to avoid being cyberbullied

The best and only way to avoid being cyberbullied is to follow the simple rules of “smart surfing”.

Rule 1. Observe your mood.

Always study your mood every day before connecting to the internet. This is very important! The way you talk to people when you are happy is not how you talk to them when you are sad or moody. When you are angry for instance, you talk to people in a harsh manner getting them angry as well. That can result to exchange of words and get you Cyberbullying or Cyberbullied.

Rule 2. Check files for virus before you download

If you receive a file from someone you don’t know, or someone you don’t trust, check the file thoroughly for virus using a strong antivirus program before downloading, otherwise, quickly delete the file from your computer without opening it. Why? Someone can send you a file that when you download and open it, it adds a script to your device library and give him full track to your files and online data.

Rule 3. Mind who you share your device with

Anyone can cyberbully you, even your very own friend. For this reason, be careful how you share your devices with people, because they can tap into your personal data, or log into your email or social media account to do some mess with it. Do not give your phone to anyone unless you are with them.

Rule 4. Be careful the kind of picture you share

You can take any kind of crazy picture, but mind what you share online. Share only the decent ones or don’t share any at all.

Rule 5. Connect with people you know

Internet is so open, anyone can send you friend request on social media but only you can decide whom to accept. Don’t send or accept friend request from strangers unless they clearly say why they want to connect with you.

Rule 6. Remain anonymous

Try as much as you can not to expose every of your personal information online. If a website you don’t trust ask for your full name, photograph, location, address, phone number etc all those vital information. Consider feeding in some fake information and save yourself the risk of being cyberbullied.

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What to do when you are cyberbullied

1. Talk to an elder

When you are cyberbullied, you are totally depressed. Sometimes you get confused and don’t know what to do anymore. Take a walk to an elder and discuss the event with him. I am sure he will give you some elderly advice on what to do to overcome it.

2. Do not respond

If you get any message of an intimidating or threatening nature, smartly ignore it no matter how hurt you feel. Responding to it will only course you more harm.

3. Block every means of communication

You can avoid conversation with the bully by blocking his or her email address and phone number. If he can reach you on social media, block him there as well.

4. Don’t seek revenge

When you are cyberbullied and seek revenge, you are Cyberbullying as well. Ignore every message and remain innocent.

5. Step away from your computer and mobile devices for sometime

Step away from your computer and mobile devices and meet your friend to talk about the event that just happened. That will help you overcome everything.

6. Don’t blame yourself

You are innocent; the cyberbullier is the one that has lots of problem with him. Don’t blame yourself for any reason.

7. Report to the police

If the Cyberbullying gets so serious, or if it involves life or rape threats, then the best thing is to report to the police. Save the message on your hard drive or save a screen shot as an evidence and take your report to the police.



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Cyberbully is the use of electronic communication such as email, social media or SMS (short messaging system) to torment, threaten, harass, humiliate or embarrass a person.
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