13 | Posted January 18, 2018 05:22:22 The term ‘social-media bully’ is a new one for many, and we’ve written about the subject before.
While the term has become associated with the online abuse of celebrities, it can also apply to people who use the internet to bully people or others.
In fact, bullying is a form of hate speech, and online abuse is one of the worst forms of hate that people can commit.
So how can you protect yourself from being a social media bully?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Who is a social-media “bully”?
A social-networking bully can be someone who has a history of bullying others online.
A history of online abuse means they’ve been known to use language and behaviour that may be offensive or threatening, and are known to try and stop others from doing something they enjoy doing.
They may also use threats and abusive behaviour to try to intimidate others.
If they’ve already been involved in an incident involving someone they’re now bullying, they may be considered a bully.
Who can be a social network “brawler”?
Anyone can be an online bully.
But the main thing to remember is that the more severe the behaviour, the more likely it is that someone will report it to the police or to the social-network companies who operate online communities.
You might be able to use your social-sphere status to warn other users, but if you don’t, you may be at risk of being targeted with online abuse and hate speech.
Some online social-marketing companies have taken steps to prevent bullying online, and some of them are actually more lenient than others.
What can I do if I think I’ve been bullied?
You can’t change who you are online, so you’ll need to take the steps necessary to keep yourself safe online.
There are some things you can do to help keep yourself and others safe: Change your social profile picture If you’ve used the same username on both your social and personal profile pages, you’re likely to have a lot of friends and family on both, which can make it harder to hide your identity online.
Make sure you can use the same password for both profiles so you can’t get hacked.
Set up a safe, private space to keep your identity and your contact details Private is not necessarily a bad thing, but setting up a private space on your social media account can make you feel more comfortable and can protect your identity if someone else tries to access it.
Tell a friend or family member What you say can also help protect your online identity.
Tell friends and relatives you know who may have been affected by your bullying, or if you’ve had someone hurt online.
Share the same story, photos and videos with them to make it more likely they’ll report it.
Help other people If you think someone else has been bullied online, try to find out as much as you can about the issue, including their contact details, and make sure you’ve got their phone number and the name of their school, workplace or school board.
If you can help someone else get through the bullying, try telling them the name and contact details of the bully and telling them how to protect themselves if they’re bullied.
Talk to your school, your workplace or your school’s support team if you’re concerned about bullying online.
What you can also do if you think you’ve been targeted online: Take steps to keep people safe online by keeping your social identity private and using your online privacy settings to limit the sharing of your personal information.
If that’s not enough, consider contacting the local police or social-support team.