Cyber bullying refers to the targeting, threatening, and harassment of an individual by someone else over the Internet. The increase in cyber bullying has been made possible due to the anonymous nature of technology (Kowalski, 2012). The vice has led to many suicide cases among the affected individuals, especially teenagers. Some of the strategies through which one can manage and avoid cyber bullying are discussed herein.
First, cyberbullying can be avoided or managed by avoiding retaliatory remarks. Many bullies often provoke so that they can get a reaction. After the reaction, they become aggressive and defensive to achieve their objective. When one is provoked by an online comment, the best action to take is to ignore such individuals. Secondly, saving the evidence is crucial. When one is being bullied online, it is important to capture the evidence and present it to somebody who can help. For example, the police can intervene in an extreme bullying case and bring the individual to prosecution. Thirdly, blocking the bully can also help in avoiding cyber bullying. In most cases, bullies continue to thrive in the cyberspace because the victims entertain them. However, when they are blocked from viewing one’s profile, they are unable to victimize their prey. Fourthly, talking to a trustworthy adult is also deemed crucial in the management of cyber bullying. By reaching out to an adult who can be trusted, for instance, one is relived from the burden of being bullied (Kowalski, 2012). In the article, Megan Meier should have opened up to her parents who would have helped her.
In addition to the stated remedies, being civil on the Internet helps avoid cyber bullying. Bullies are online narcissists who believe that they are always right (Kowalski, 2012). One should, therefore, avoid unnecessary arguments online to avoid sinking to the bully’s level. Lastly, empathizing with others is crucial. Before posting a message online, one should gauge the impact of their words as they may be bullying others unknowingly. They should not take part in forwarding demeaning messages or liking such content as this could act as proof that they are bullies.
Kowalski, R. M., Limber, S., & Agatston, P. W. (2012). Cyberbullying: Bullying in the digital age. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.