Hey Guys. As you can see this is a bit of a heavier blog post for today, however, it is something that is seen a lot and something I feel strongly about. Recently I have seen some things online which quite frankly have disgusted me, and so therefore this is a  topic I would really like to address.

 

The Internet

When I was younger things like Youtube, blogging and social media, weren’t really a big deal. Whilst they were a thing, they were as commonly seen. However, as I’ve grown up, I’ve watched the world we live in become more and more obsessed with technology and the internet.

The internet makes it easier to communicate with people all over the world. It lets us have a voice which can be heard by many, and it also lets us share our talents and achievements more widely.

However, it also makes it easier for bullying to take place. Cyber bullying has definitely become more popular over the last ten years and it also seems to be getting much easier for people to spread hate online.

Around the world, there are many people right now campaigning for a safer world. As a nation we are constantly fighting for peace and equality. So if this is what we really want, then why, as a nation do we continue to share negativity and malicious words online?

 

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber Bullying is using electronic communication, such as the internet or phones to bully a person. This is most commonly seen in the form of threatening messages or hurtful comments. However, it can also be through the form of:

Cyber stalking, which includes harassing someone.

Flaming, which is essentially, online arguments where nasty words are exchanged.

Denigration, posting words on pages set to make fun of someone.

Exclusion, intentionally ignoring or leaving a person out.

Outing, sharing someones secrets or putting their personal information or pictures online.

Trickery, manipulating or tricking someone into revealing their personal information and then using this against them.

Harassment, repeatedly sending malicious messages or continuously asking them personal questions that make them uncomfortable

Impersonation, pretending to be someone else

 

So as you can see, Cyber Bullying isn’t always straight forward.

 

Cyber Bullying is NOT ok.

I will never understand how people think it’s okay to say hurtful things to another person. But unfortunately, they do and often, it’s their opinion or no opinion. It’s okay to have an opinion, but when your opinion is hurtful or disrespectful towards someone, this is when you should learn to stay quiet.

It is 2018, we shouldn’t need to keep saying that Cyber Bullying is wrong. People should know that there is a right and a very wrong way to treat people online. I can’t stress enough how important it is for people to keep talking about this issue. It’s so important that people know they aren’t alone.

 

Hateful Comments

It’s so easy these days for people to send nasty words to a person. The amount of hateful words you see scrolling through Youtube or bloggers comments is disgusting. There is honestly no need for it. If you don’t like what you are seeing simply click off the page and don’t look again. It is as simple as that.

“Well if they don’t want hate they shouldn’t upload it”.

No, that is not right. There is not one single person in the world, who asks for hate. You do not need to sit behind your computer and go out of your way to write negative comments towards someone. You are the problem here not them.

If you are someone who finds themselves writing horrible words to someone, please sit back and ask yourself whether you’d be comfortable to read those words, about yourself. If you wouldn’t, don’t comment.

Putting people down will not make your life any better and if putting people down brings you satisfaction, then please go and talk to someone as it is never okay to inflict pain on another to please yourself.

 

Group Chats

Group chats are a great thing, it means you can contact several people at the same time and generally just have a laugh with a group. This time of year, group chats become a great way for freshers to meet and interact with new people. It gives them a chance to chat to people they may be living with or on the same course as. However, there are problematic ways in which people behave in group chats.

In some of the freshers chats I have been involved in, in the past, I have noticed that there are some people who like to try and control the whole chat. They do this to slowly gain more “followers” and then often proceed to use this new found ‘power’ to intimidate others. Which is so wrong.

Correct me if I’m wrong, butt freshers’ chats should be a safe place for people to talk about getting smashed and living off pot noodles, not a place where people feel too scared to talk in case everyone gangs up on them.

Now in this chat that I was added into there were two girls who seemed to be “in charge”. They would say something that just was not acceptable, but then if anyone spoke up about this, they would get hate for it. It was like no one was allowed their own opinion. Now this happened a few years ago and I would hope that freshers’ chats are not like this still, but they probably are.

It’s okay to not agree with someone’s opinion, but if you are stopping them voice their opinions, that’s not okay. Also, if someone is calling you out on your behaviour then you need to ask yourself why that is? Maybe you are the problem here, not them?

I witnessed this cycle of them attacking anyone who spoke about things they didn’t agree with so many times in the space of one evening and saw so many nasty words being shared. It made something that was supposed to be positive and get people excited for uni, become negative and off putting.

I honestly don’t understand why you would want to give yourself a bad name before you’ve even met these people. There is no point trying to control these chats, they are for everyone to enjoy. Everyone is equal.

 

“I’m being bullied online, what can i do?”

Firstly, please don’t go through this alone. Please tell someone what is going on, YOU are so important and these people being nasty to you, they are the problem not you. So please talk to a friend or family member that you trust.

The good thing about social media these days is there are many websites that have ways for you to block people. So, if you are finding it difficult to cope with certain people, block them out. Don’t feel bad for it or worry that it will make them angrier, just block them.

If the words are threatening and they are violent towards you, please speak to an adult and if it’s someone you know outside of the internet and you are scared, talk to the police. Especially if they are bullying you in the form of harassment.

If the bullying is damaging your mental health, please, and I can’t stress this enough, do not shut people out, let people help you. Go and talk to someone. Your mental health is so important.

 

Finally, If you know someone being bullied, don’t sit back and watch it happen, by sitting back and ignoring it, you are letting the bullying happen. Speak out, offer them support and tell the people doing it that they are wrong.

Stay safe on the internet guys and just remember once you say hurtful words on the internet it’s out there forever. You have the ability to spread love and kindness, or you can spread hate. It’s your choice, but please make the right one.

Helpful links for anyone suffering with bullying or mental health issues as a result:

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