The rise of digital and social networks has led in recent years to a new form of violence: cyberviolence. Some people actually consider Internet as a space of great freedom, out of sight, and make it the playground of harassment. This violence is often discredited because carried out on screens, yet these violent acts (blackmail, mockery, insults, which can go as far as provocation to suicide) have the same consequences as violence carried out face to face.
This violence leaves traces on the victim and installs him in an insecure and malevolent climate. Cyberbullying is serious and can have serious repercussions.
So how do you deal with cyberbullying? Our advices.
- 1 1/ Protect your personal data on social networks
- 2 2/ Control what is published about you
- 3 3/ Do not share, like or comment on inappropriate content!
- 4 4/ Report problematic content
- 5 5/ Don’t be ashamed to talk about it
- 6 The protection pack by HEYME
Selecteds a unique and complex password and does not communicate it to anyone!
To access your accounts on social networks, malicious people can type passwords that may be correct such as your birthday, your first or last name, series of numbers (from 1 to 9, for example). To prevent anyone from having access to your accounts, opt for passwords that are difficult to guess and different for each social network. If you get hacked but have a different password, your other accounts won’t be affected. For example, you can associate your dog’s date of birth with your first name, the first two letters of your name and your favorite smartphone brand. Your password must be unique! Remember that a password is personal and only belongs to you. Under no circumstances should you communicate it, even to someone you think you trust. Keep your little secret garden!
Gedit your privacy settings
The first thing to do to protect your privacy is to set your profile to private. Thus, only people subscribed to your account and whom you have accepted upstream will be able to see your content.
Social networks allow you to organize your privacy settings. For example, you can manage who can see your content/posts, who can find you during a search, who can see your actions (likes, comments…), and control the content on which you are identified… In this way you prevent your data from being used by malicious people.
Disabled your geolocation
When you activate geolocation or identify yourself in a place, you allow certain people to know where you are.
Avoid geotagging your photos. In this way, you do not reveal your current location or the places you frequent to malicious people.
Use a pseudonym
If you want to post messages or ask questions on forums, create accounts with pseudonyms. Your personal information and experiences cannot be used against you.
In the same way, using a pseudonym on social networks (or even a different one for each platform) will allow you greater discretion, and will increase the difficulty of finding you.
2/ Control what is published about you
Type your name into Google to see what pops up
From time to time, remember to type your first and last name into search engines like Google or Bing. Depending on the results, you can take the necessary action and request the removal of certain content.
Example : You are an influencer but you do not expose your love life. However, sites have posted photos of you with your boyfriend. You have the right to contact them to have your photos permanently removed from their databases.
You can also type your name on the search engines of social networks to check the content that comes out.
Always check the photos in which you are tagged
If you celebrated your birthday in an unusual place, you probably want to be the only one looking at the photos. Your new acquaintances recently added on Facebook can, for example, tag you in group photos. Surprise: the photos are visible on your wall and by all your contacts!
To avoid this, just check the photos on which you are identified. This manipulation allows you to choose whether or not you agree to associate your name with the publications on which you are tagged
Some people tend to share or comment on photos or videos to show their displeasure and hope that these will be deleted!
Error ! Above all, you must not do this so as not to give more visibility and scope to the situation. Indeed, the more content is shared, liked and commented on, the more it is visible. Your action, which started with a good intention, therefore has the opposite effect and aggravates the situation.
4/ Report problematic content
In the continuation of point N°3, to stop the dissemination of inappropriate content, the only solution is to report it and especially not to share it. By doing this, you contribute to the protection of the victim against other possible stalkers!
5/ Don’t be ashamed to talk about it
Nobody deserves to be harassed. Bullying can affect all ages, all religions, all sexes and all social classes. No one is immune but no one should have to go through this. The problem is not you, but the one who harasses you.
In case of cyberbullying, you can call the number net listening 0800 200 000, managed by the E-Enfance association. Net enseignement will give you advice, but can also help you remove humiliating content from the web.
The protection pack by HEYME
For 4.5 € / month, HEYME offers you the Protection Pack. An effective solution against cyber-maliciousness and to counter the risks of an active life on the Internet and on social networks.
Warranty digital life protection allows you to benefit from psychological and legal support and to take steps if you are a victim identity theft, of defamation on the web and all forms of harm to your e-reputation. It also intervenes if you encounter a dispute following a purchase on the internet.
👉 HEYME Protection Pack