Most teens have access to the internet, not just at home or school, but in their hands. Smartphones provide teens with constant online access, but this isn’t always a good thing, especially when it comes to bullying. Here are some ways you can cope with cyber-bullying when it happens to you.
Talk to Someone
Teens who are being bullied online should talk to a trusted adult, whether it’s a parent, relative or teacher. Not enough teens get help when they’re being bullied, which allows the situation to escalate. Also, if you see cyber-bullying in action, you should report the incident.
Save the Evidence
When things are posted to the internet, they can either stay up there for eternity or be taken down immediately once a person changes their mind. If you see cyber-bullying, take a screenshot or mark the evidence so that there is proof when you report the incident to an adult or the authorities.
Don’t Blame Yourself
If you’re being bullied online, don’t blame yourself. Try and remove yourself from the situation and view the bullying from another perspective—the bully is the one who is feeling hurt and insecure and needs to feel a sense of control and power.
If you are the instigator of cyber-bullying, remove your posts and apologize to the victim. Acknowledge that you know you made a mistake and that you feel bad about it. It’s best if your apology is sincere, since no one deserves to be treated poorly or with disrespect.
If you’re being bullied online, stand up to whoever it is that’s picking on you. Chances are they are hiding behind a screen and are afraid of confrontation. Bullies pick victims who they perceive to be weak, so show them they’re wrong about you by standing up for yourself. You deserve to be treated with respect.