Effective techniques to cope with cyberbullying

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Effective Techniques to Cope with Cyberbullying

If you are a victim of cyberbullying, you may feel helpless, alone, and extremely sad. You may feel like the world has turned its back on you and that no one cares about you anymore.

This feeling of isolation and loneliness can be devastating especially if it is caused by something that is out of your control. But this doesn’t have to be the case. This article will give you some helpful tips that can help with dealing with cyberbullying.

Before we talk about these tips, let’s talk about what cyberbullying is.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying can be defined as any form of harassment that occurs through an electronic device or internet connection.

This includes all forms of online communication, from texts to Facebook messages, to Instagram posts. Some examples of cyberbullying include: sending mean or insulting messages; posting hurtful comments on social media; pretending to be someone else online; using technology to spread lies or rumors; and sharing private information without permission (like sending intimate photos). Online bullying is another name for cyberbullying.

As you can see, cyberbullying is not the same thing as regular bullying, which typically happens in person, or in one-on-one situations. Cyberbullying often involves more than one person who may never even meet each other in real life but who torments others through their online nefarious activities.

Effective techniques to cope with cyberbullying

 There are many ways to cope with cyberbullying, and there are many effective techniques that can help you deal with it when it is happening. Here are some of the most effective techniques to cope with cyberbullying:

  1. Don’t engage

Don’t engage with the bully. Even if you feel like responding to a bully’s threats or name-calling may make you feel better in the short run, it could have negative repercussions for your life in the long run. Engaging may lead to an escalation of cyberbullying, which may cause even greater harm to you and/or your family members.

You can’t stop others from saying hurtful things about you, but you can decide how much time and attention you give it. If someone writes something hurtful, don’t respond immediately—think about why they would write that, and decide if you want to respond to it.

  1. Block the bully

Another effective technique that can help you cope with cyberbullying is blocking your harasser. Whether you’re on Facebook or Twitter, there are options to block users. This will prevent them from being able to contact you at all. So if you’re getting a lot of abuse from one person this might be a good option for you. Also, delete their cruel comments immediately if possible. You don’t have to explain anything—you shouldn’t have to defend yourself against people who want to hurt you.   

  1. Make sure you’re not spending too much time online

This is an important thing to do because it will help you avoid spending a lot of time reading cruel comments about yourself or your friends and family members. You can’t ignore something if you see it every few hours (or every few minutes).

  1. Report cyber bullying

If you are being harassed or bullied online and feel like the behavior constitutes a crime under local, state, or federal law, contact your local law enforcement agency (police department). Also, report cyberbullying to the website where it’s occurring by using their reporting feature if they have one. In some cases, this will result in action being taken against the perpetrator(s).

  1. Have a healthy self-esteem

Another effective technique for coping with cyberbullying is having healthy self-esteem. You should never doubt yourself or think that you are less important or less than anyone else on the Internet or in the real world. Your personal opinion of yourself and your sense of self-worth should never be affected by what other people say or do to you. If someone says something mean, you need to remember that it’s just their opinion, not a fact. Don’t let that person get inside your head and make you feel bad about yourself.

  1. Rely on support systems you already have in place

It’s important to remember that if you’re already part of an organization or support group that has gotten you through stressful times in the past, those networks still exist for you and are still there for your support. If you don’t have any organized groups like this, spend time with your family members or friends who can provide emotional support.

  1. Stay strong

Don’t let the bully change or even alter your opinion of yourself in any way whatsoever. You should never let someone else change how you feel about yourself because that would be letting them win against you.

Conclusion

As we have seen, there are many ways to deal with cyberbullying. If you’re being harassed, remember that the best thing to do is to try not to engage your harasser. If you want to get support, though, seek out a trusted friend or family member—and if you need more help than they can provide, make an appointment with a mental health professional.

If you see someone getting bullied online, don’t be afraid to step in and say something. If you have the skills or tools that could help someone dealing with harassment, offer them up. We all can help bring an end to cyberbullying—just by being aware of what is going on around us and being ready to act when we need to.

These tips are some of the best and most effective ways to deal with cyberbullying. We hope they prove useful in preventing future cases or helping you recover from a bad one.

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