Cyber Bullying: Time to let it go!

Cyber bullying has become a serious problem over the last few years. If normal bullying wasn’t distressing enough, now with the help of social media bullies can follow you home and into your online space.  If you’ve had the unpleasant experience of being the victim of internet bullying, you’ll know it’s not a very pleasant experience.  There are a few things you can do to prevent cyber bullying and find help if needed.

  • Remember to check your privacy settings – this includes making sure passwords and questions are up-to-date
  • Don’t give out any personal information such as email, phone number or profile address (or home address for that matter!) online or to people you don’t know
  • Keep a record of any harassment you receive – this includes calls, messages, posts and photos
  • Seek help if the bullying persists – the Australian Human Rights Commission hotline (1300 656 419) can help with advice and further actions you can take

On the other hand, sometimes we may not realise that we too can be the cause of someone else’s unhappiness. For those of us out there that may be guilty of bullying, there are a few things to consider, as cyber bullying can be any one or more of the following:

  • ‘Hacking’ someone’s account and leaving misleading or embarrassing posts – it may seem funny at the time but think again
  • Setting up fake accounts of people
  • Stopping others from using social media effectively and communicating with others

This week I was fortunate enough to see a talk from Dr. Khenpo Ngawang Jorden, a visiting monk from Nepal. His talk was on ‘How to Deal with Anger’ and I thought some points he made are relevant to cyber bullying in Australia or anywhere for that matter. Getting angry affects not only the people around us, but ourselves. It is a destructive habit that comes in many forms and bullying is just one of those.

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His advice: let it go.

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