In Anyone Can Look Tough Behind A Computer I through IV, we talked about the who, what, when, where and why of cyber bullying. The only thing left to explore is how to prevent it or stop it from happening.
Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done to prevent cyber bullying. Just like a schoolyard bully, a cyber bully won’t stop tormenting his or her victims until he or she is ready to stop. It may be so fun that the bully will not want to stop. In addition to this, each type cyber bully and cyber bullying situation is different. Because of this, there isn’t a solution that can be applied to all cyber bullying situations.
So what is a parent or child to do if there’s no clear cut solution?
Ignore Them: When victims of cyber bullying respond to cyber bullies, they are providing them with a reaction. This is what the cyber bully wants. It makes him or her feel powerful or in control. If you don’t respond to the cyber bullying, then he or she won’t have any power of you and leave you alone.
Don’t Retaliate: As mentioned in the previous tip, cyber bullies want a reaction from their victims. If he or she responds or seek revenge, the bully’s actions will be reinforced. It also turns the victim into a bully too which may contribute to the problem.
Block the Cyber Bully: If the cyber bully continues to send harassing or hateful messages online or through text messages, block him or her. By doing this, he or she will not be able to contact you.
Save The Evidence: Victims of cyber bullying or other types of cyber harassment should always save any and all harassing messages. If the threats become real you can always show to the police or someone you trust.
Tell Someone You Trust: Tell a parent, teacher, friend or police officer about the harassment. You never know what could happen or what the cyber bully is willing to do to get a reaction from you.
Although these are all good ways to help stop cyber bullying, it doesn’t address the root problem of cyber bullying. Many people think that cyber bullying is okay. They think that it is all in good fun and not serious or real because it is done digitally. However, the people you hurt online are real people. They have real thoughts and feelings just as you do. Just because you are attacking them with words doesn’t mean that words don’t hurt.
What do you think? Are there other ways to stop cyber bullying? Leave a comment! I respond back.