Cyberbullying has consequences in real life! It affects friends, schoolwork, and mental health. Luckily, it is possible to deal with it! Here’s how.
The consequences of cyberbullying
- Loss of friends
- Damaged reputation
- Decreased concentration
- Lower grades and poor success
- Decreased self-esteem
- Insecurity, fear, anxiety
- Loss of privacy
- Suicidal thoughts
If someone’s the victim of cyberbullying, they often don’t want to talk about it. They may be afraid of having their Internet access taken away, of being treated as a snitch, of not being taken seriously, of the cyberbully taking revenge on them, etc. That’s normal. But withdrawing from society only gives the bully much more power. To break free from a bullying problem, you can’t keep it to yourself: talk about it.
How can I protect myself? 🛡
To prevent the situation from getting worse, here are some methods to protect yourself from cyberbullying:
- Save and print 🖨 the bullying messages; you need proof of what’s happening to you.
- Immediately leave the online environment and activity where it’s happening.
- Block contact 🚫 with the bullies on the relevant platforms; that will prevent you from seeing the messages and you’ll feel less hurt and less tempted to react.
- Report ✋🏿 violent comments, inappropriate photos, or abuse to the platform managers and your Internet service provider.
- If it happens on your cell phone 📱,inform the phone company and block the bully’s phone number.
- Just because something’s written down, it doesn’t mean it’s true! Ignore the messages as much as possible and think about your strengths, talents, and successes, and the people who love you.
- Ask a friend for help. Surround yourself with people who like you and talk about what’s happening. Together, you’re stronger. 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾
- Tell a trusted adult and call the police 🚨 together, especially if the cyberbullying includes threats of physical harm. If it’s related to your school, tell the school principal too.
Don’t keep your problem to yourself. If people you trust know what’s going on, they can protect you. Remember: nobody deserves to be bullied. Take your courage in both hands and act!