March is Fraud Prevention Month, and creating a safe online space is everyone’s responsibility.
Don’t be a victim of cyber-bullying. Here are some helpful things to keep in mind if you think that you are a cyber-bullying victim.
Nearly one in five Internet users aged 15 to 29 reported having been cyber-bullied or cyber-stalked.1 It’s not just youth, adults can also become targets, 40% of adult Internet users in the United States reported experiencing some form of online harassment.
1. Don’t React
Don’t respond if someone bullies you. Your reaction is usually exactly what the bully wants. It gives him or her power over you. Don’t empower your bully.
2. Save the Evidence
Note the date, time, and save any links, text messages, or emails. Take a screen capture if you have to.
3. Talk to Authorities
If it’s a child being bullied, let him or her know it’s ok to talk to a trusted adult about it or a school counselor. If you are an adult being bullied, you can talk to another adult about it or authorities.
4. Block the Bully
If the harassment is coming in the form of texts, or profile comments, change your privacy settings, and block the person.
5. Be Civil
It’s difficult, but don’t sink to their level.
6. Don’t Contribute to Bullying
Don’t gossip or spread gossip. Don’t forward embarrassing messages or photos. How would you feel if someone harassed you?
12014 Stats Canada: Cyberbullying and cyberstalking among Internet users aged 15 to 29 in Canada.
22014 Pew Research Center report.