How to deal with Cyber Bullying
Receiving upsetting emails, messages or seeing nasty posts about yourself on social networking sites can be extremely damaging to your mental health and emotional wellbeing. Cyberbullying can be just as harmful as bullying in the workplace or school, and should be taken seriously, as they can lead to issues with self esteem, depression and anxiety. Here are a few tips for what you can do if you are being cyberbullied.
Do not reply to any nasty emails, comments or messages you receive, this is likely to make the situation worse, as the bully will most likely reply to your message. You will then be stuck in a cycle of receiving hateful messages. Try to ignore anything you receive of this nature, as replying may
Take a Break from Social Media
Social media can be a stressful place at the best of times, so it may be a good idea to step back from it for a few weeks if the comments and messages you are receiving are affecting your mental health. Try to fill your days with positive activities, instead of scrolling through social media waiting for notifications.
Use social media Block/Report feature
Social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have block and report features to ensure a safe and happy social media experience. Using these features will stop the bully being able to contact you through these sites, and reporting them may even result in their account being taken down or suspended for a short while.
Monitor your Social Media Accounts
Keep tabs on who is saying what about you or towards you, by blocking the person early you may be able to avoid the hateful comments or messages they intended to send your way later on.
Screenshots are one of the best ways to report an instance of cyberbullying to your school, place of work or even the police. The person who is cyberbullying you may delete their comments or messages later on, meaning without screenshots you won’t have proof of the incident. This means you will always have a copy of what has been said.
Cyberbullying can have just as great of an impact on your mental health as standard bullying, so don’t ignore the way it is making you feel. Speak to friends, family, teachers or colleagues about the situation. Many institutions like schools should be able to intervene by speaking to parents, setting up student-tutor meetings, or removing you from the presence of the bully as much as possible e.g. by switching you to another class. Don’t feel you have to suffer in silence, there are many people who will be able to help you through the situation.
Learn to Manage your Stress
Bullying of any type is likely to cause large amounts of stress, however cyberbullying will follow you home and torment you 24 hours a day. It may feel like you do not have a safe space, which is why stress management is so important.
Cyberbullying can take as much of a toll on your mental health as any other type. Here at Mind Allies we’re on hand if you ever need to talk about your experiences.