Peoples surfing the internet often encounter harassment, and we generally use different words to describe online harassment, including bullying, trolling, flaming, doxing, outing, and frapping. Irrespective of the approach, but the aim behind the harassment remains the same.
The intruder used different techniques to gather personal information, send abusive language, or demonstrate bullying behaviour to cause you emotional distress. Social media is an ideal platform for perpetrators, and they use fake ids or hacked profiles to approach their victims.
Following are some actionable steps you should take if you are prone to online harassment and bullying.
1. Document Everything
First and foremost, you should make a copy of all the pieces of evidence of online harassment. It would help if you either took a screenshot or print the pages to substantiate your case in front of law enforcement agencies. Next, try to trace out the profile page from which an abusive message is coming.
Suppose you need to manage to identify the perpetrator account. In that case, you can use that as a piece of evidence in front of the police or social media sites if the harassment activities increase. It also ensures perpetrator can’t avoid prosecution by just deleting the posts.
2. Please report it to the Police.
The Police know how to deal with online harassment activities because they have a dedicated team of experts for this job. That’s why we strongly recommend you immediately report the harassment or bullying activities to the Police.
3. Be Cautious Regarding Your Online Security
Since perpetuator collects more and more information about you, they’ll likely exploit that information to gain access to your social media accounts and emails. Strong password and two-factor authentication aren’t sufficient to ensure online safety, but you have to learn the best security practices.
Furthermore, identify how much information is publicly available and try to remove that because that makes you susceptible to bullying. For instance, Google your name and see whether it has adequate knowledge about you, such as your address, phone number or places you visit too often. If you find all this information on Google, then it would be an alarming situation for you.
4. Keep in mind that it’s Not Your Mistake.
Intruder of online abuse can be peoples you are familiar with or a stranger. Due to some neurological disorder, these perpetrators spend time online and cause mental distress to peoples because it’s a source of entertainment for them.
Strategy to Deal with Online Harassment
Following are some guidelines on dealing with online harassment, but bear in mind that they keep changing with time.
1. Try not to Engage in Fight
Like all the bullies, intruders of online abuse are expecting a harsh reaction from your end. Do not let your emotion dictate you and engage in an online fight. Simply speaking, you need to ignore all the negative comment; eventually, they’ll move on to other targets.
2. Stay Away from Deleting Comments
Deleting comments show that you have read all the messages, and your perpetrator assumes you are paying attention to him/her; therefore, they’ll post abuse messages more often. However, if the comment comprises your details, such as your contact details or private photos that you don’t want public, delete that immediately.