Cyber-bullying is a rapidly growing issue. Learn how to protect yourself Now

​Protect Yourself on the Internet from Cyberbullying

Stand outside and count as three teenagers pass by; one, two and three.  Now, do it again.  In less than two minutes, you will have counted at least two people who have been cyberbullied.  The sad part, is half of them don’t tell their parents or other adults, even when the bullying hurts or becomes seriously harmful.

 Cyber-bullying is a rapidly growing issue and it shows no signs of slowing down. With the rise of social media sites and digital technology in the hands of youth, knowing how to protect oneself from cyberbullying has never been as important as it is now.


 On nearly every trending post in the Twitter-sphere, you can find profanity and obscene remarks. Users can protect themselves by reporting and filling out an abuse form or an in-tweet report button on mobile web (which, however, is only available in the UK).

 However, this doesn’t always stop the bully. Should their account be reported, the perpetrator can make a fake one and continue to torment you and others.

 To see results immediately, lock your account so that it is private and visible only to your followers. If there is a person cyberbulling you, keep all records of your interactions and show a copy to your parents, your teacher, or another trusted adult. You can also take a screenshot by pressing PrtScn on the top of your keyboard followed by pasting it into a Word document or Notepad.  If you would like more steps on how to protect yourself, Click.


 On Facebook, cyber-bullying takes the form of being tagged in lewd or humiliating photos, getting unwanted posts on your wall, or being mobbed with inappropriate, hurtful, and unwanted messages.  Even a hate-page can be created against you, which after reported, may or may not be taken down by Facebook.

 To keep yourself safe, only “friend” people you know, block those who persistently make you uncomfortable and report any cyberbullying you see posted, whether it’s someone you know or not. Being socially responsible means looking out for all people online.  Additionally, keep the privacy settings on your time-line stringent, change the tagging feature available to only friends and use passwords that aren’t common. And remember: do not give out personal details, including your telephone number, address, and school name on social media sites.

 You can also work with someone you trust when using Facebook’s Social Reporting tool by sending a copy of the abusive content to them, which will also generate a report on Facebook.


 In this world of captured moments, malicious or embarrassing photos can be posted for followers to see, or an insulting remark or a hash-tag may be written underneath your photo.  In fact, bullies can use the “Add People” feature and tag an image with your name without even having to follow you. If the bully is not following you, you will NOT be notified about the photo nor will you be able to see the tag or comments.  Even private text messages can be copied through screenshots and put up on Instagram.

To protect yourself, remove geo-tagging from all images, keep your account private, share confidential details with only whom you trust implicitly and choose all pictures you post with the utmost care.


On Tumblr, it is difficult to create privacy settings that prevent information from being public. As a result, everything you post is public. Therefore, share only the things you don’t mind being copied, pasted and tagged as they may be used against you.  Additionally, people on Tumblr can ask you questions or post nasty comments anonymously, which means you don’t know the identity of the person asking the question.

To stop bullies from attacking you, block any person who makes you uncomfortable and turn off anonymous messages.

Social media sites, if utilized properly can be a boon to all.  You can message a classmate to put up photos of the assignment you missed, talk with a cousin who moved overseas when you were little, or share pictures of your baby nephew.  Just follow the simple rules you were taught as a kid- don’t talk to strangers, don’t do anything that you might regret later on, and be nice to people. By doing this, you’ll avoid most of the problems.  

Written by Ravneet Sandhu

May 10 2014 in Uncategorized, Whats New admin Comments Off on Cyber-bullying is a rapidly growing issue. Learn how to protect yourself Now

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