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How to Protect Yourself from Cyber Bullying?

Katherine Ke 2019-12-16

With the development of network technology, our life becomes more and more convenient. But while we benefit from it, we also suffer from it, which is known as cyber bullying. Although Internet violence will not directly cause physical harm to our body, as a mental violence, it is extremely easy for the victims especially teenagers to develop depression, fear, inferiority, hostility and other negative emotions. It seriously affects people's physical and mental health, many people commit suicide because of Internet violence. In real life, every one of us may become a victim of cyber violence, so how can we prevent and deal with it to protect ourselves?

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1. Use Internet in a civilized way and don't be an abuser.

The Internet is a virtual world. Many people vent their anger and dissatisfaction freely online and abuse others to get psychological publicity. Words like “someone is stupid or ugly”, “You can never do it!” all belong to bully words. These irresponsible abuses and humiliations will not only cause harm to others, but also themselves into online mobs. And once “the victim” fight back and revenge, it make “abusers” also become the victim of network violence. Both of them become abusers and victims, that is really meaningless. It’s more meaningful to create a harmonious and peaceful network world together.

2. Boycott bad websites and ignore abuse information.

We can just stop browsing the site if we are often abused on it, which doesn’t mean we are not brave enough. If we fight back, there will usually be more similar abuse because actually bullies will be very excited to get respond from their “target”. The best way is to ignore them and stop browsing those sites.

3. Don't give out personal information online.

Personal information and photos which can reveal a weakness can make you the target of an online mob. Teenagers should pay attention to protect their personal privacy when surfing the Internet and do not  disclose their personal information easily, especially living address.

4. Ask for help when teenagers receive a threatening message.

Threatening emails or comments are possibly pranks which intend to scare others into making fun and usually won’t be carried out. If teenagers receive threatening information, they will often feel frightened and anxious. Teenagers should tell parents or teachers in time in this situation. If necessary, parents and schools should provide necessary protection measures to ensure their own personal safety and help ease their tense nerve.

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