How to deal with online hate

230 This article is part of Polygon’s series on the ways in which social media has helped people cope with online hatred and harassment.

To learn more, read part 1, part 2, and part 3.

1.

If you have a problem with someone, it’s not your fault.

It’s not their fault.

2.

If they don’t want to be around you, you shouldn’t be around them.

If a friend wants to be with you, it doesn’t matter what they do. 3.

If something is upsetting you, please do what you can to get help.

It might be impossible to help you.

4.

If someone you know is feeling suicidal, please take their medication and seek help.

If there’s no alternative, try to talk with someone.

If that doesn’t work, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

5.

When someone posts hurtful or abusive content, don’t share it.

If the person is trying to hurt you, don the person’s content to your friends.

6.

If anyone in your life hurts you, stop.

If it happens to you, tell someone who knows.

If nothing happens, it means you didn’t do anything wrong.

7.

If an event is happening in your community, stop it.

Don’t wait for someone else to step in. 8.

You may feel alone if you don’t talk to someone.

Talk to your family and friends, too.

9.

If things get worse, call someone.

It may take time to get through all the bad feelings.

You can call 911, the National Sexual Assault Hotline, or your local emergency number.

10.

When you’re having trouble, try talking to someone who has a different experience than you.

If your friend or family member has been a victim of online hate or harassment, they might be able to help.

11.

Don�t be afraid to tell someone.

Just because you can’t talk about it, it shouldn’t stop you from doing what you need to do to heal.

12.

Donate to a charity or another non-profit that is helping to support victims of online abuse.

13.

If everyone in your social circle is feeling really sad, talk to a friend or a relative.

You might be the only one who can help.

14.

If people are talking about a problem in their life, be kind.

They need your help.

15. Don���t hide behind your computer. It doesn���t help.

16.

If possible, keep all your social media accounts private.

Don��t use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

17.

Make sure that you are not making someone else feel hurt or hurtful.

Make your story public, and share it with the world.

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