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Social Media Bullying

According to statistics, most cyberbullying cases come from common social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.

For instance:

  • Teens can use just a few words to make emotional and hurtful comments on Twitter about their fellow schoolmate.
  • When it comes to platforms like Instagram, teens use mean comments on each other like fat-shaming or body-shaming on pictures to refer to someone’s appearance or body.
  • The messenger app on Facebook makes it easier for youths to send disturbing and hateful messages to each other and create a group to gang up against another person or a group.
  • Snapchat, on the other hand, is famous for its one feature of sending easy-to-delete photos. Because of that, teens can easily send inappropriate photos or hurtful images of classmates.

Bullying rates are dropping in the United States, according to a study. However, social media plays a great role in encouraging teens to take part in this ugly trend. Even though social media encourages bullying, there is still a way out. To learn more about how social media can help fight cyber buying, continue reading!

Social Media and Cyberbullying:

Almost all social media platforms allow sharing of pictures and posts among friends and non-friends as a way of communication. Most people don’t know that those social media sites are hotspots for bullying.

Remember, social media bullying is not only a teen thing since most influencers, like Instagramers, are linked to thousands of rude and hateful posts and comments about others on their accounts.

Instagram was initially meant for sharing images and pictures with friends, colleagues, relatives, and followers. However, when teens use an amazing application like Instagram to spread fake rumours, make hurtful comments, and take part in other written or verbal forms of bullying, it can destroy the victim’s emotional health.

Although further research shows that almost 10 percent of teens are affected by cyberbullying and report it, the harm can be more than that. Social media bullying comes in different forms that include:

  • Hate speech
  • Sexually suggestive comments
  • Making threats

What is it? Bullying or Banter?

Twitter is a very famous social media space among young adults and teens. With Twitter, you can:

  • Update your status to followers
  • Talk to your friends and followers
  • Share any information with others

However, Twitter can be a useful tool for evil-minded individuals to attack others directly by spreading rumours, sharing complete lies, or using harmful words.

For example, there is a lot of conversation concerning former President Donald J. Trump’s outlandish Twitter feed on some tweets that threaten the peace of others. Some people view Twitter as a space where you have freedom of speech; hence they believe Trump is using his account to banter on different topics concerning the United States. However, others believe that he may have used his Twitter account to bully others, make harmful comments, name-calling, and make threats.

Way out on Social Media Bullying:

The good news is that there are several ways of monitoring your teen’s social media activities and the accounts in general.

  • Start by being friends with your kid on Facebook.
  • You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Keep an eye on their Snapchat usage.

Some parents have the username and password of their child’s social media platforms, and they can log in any time if need be. However, you can use other decent ways of monitoring your child’s online activities.

Additionally, it is crucial for all social media users, regardless of age, to know that there are social media usage rules and regulations to be followed. Each platform has its own set of rules.

A good example is Twitter (Hateful Conduct Policy). Users can report posts or comments that are against these rules of service. These rules include:

Promoting violence

Attacking or threatening other people or stir up harm based on a person’s:

  • Ethnicity
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • National origin
  • Religious affiliation
  • Age
  • Disability or disease

Twitter’s post monitors are responsible for removing the content or suspending the account involved in violating the Hateful conduct policy as soon as the post is reported.

Similarly, Facebook has its ways of reporting any post or photo. Therefore, users can report non-consensual use of personal content like a photo, hate speech, direct threats, or photos that threaten a position of a person or group.

Block feature is one of the greatest tools that can help reduce social media bullying. Blocking followers is very easy on any social media platform. When you get rid of social media negativity, you create a pleasant and safe environment for all users.

You can prevent followers from leaving unpleasant comments like body-shaming commentary and making threats on Instagram just by turning off comments on posts. Also, you should be extremely selective on people you allow to access your profile and comment section to protect yourself and teens from social media bullies. It is not easy to restrict profile access on Twitter, but it is very easy on Instagram and Facebook. Ensure you monitor social media pages to prevent bullies from causing more harm to their victims.

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