How to deal with a new ‘new normal’ of online bullying – BBC News
Posted On June 10, 2021
The internet is full of hate.
In the past, it’s not just directed at people of colour, but also against those who are transgender.
Now, with the new wave of “fake news” and “trolls”, it’s directed at everyone.
That includes you.
“People are starting to realise they can’t trust each other anymore,” says Hannah Mascarenhas, the director of campaigns at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
“I feel it’s very sad.
The internet has become a battleground, and you are not safe.”
The online culture has been evolving in ways that are not always obvious.
You’re often more vulnerable to cyberbullying, says Dr Andrew Pritchard, a lecturer in cyber security at the University of Sussex.
There’s a fear that you’re just a bit of a nuisance, that you are going to get bullied again.
But there’s also a lot of hate that you don’t realise you are being subjected to online, and that’s a real fear, says Mascarellas.
Online abuse is about power, she says.
“It’s about the power that you have to say no to bullying.
It’s about who you can be to someone.
It is about control.”
What’s happening to me online?
What happens when you post something online?
“There’s an incredible amount of online harassment, and people are being targeted,” Mascarella says.
She thinks people have become more vigilant.
“They’re finding it much more difficult to talk to someone on the internet.”
And if you do talk to people online, you can feel like your identity is under threat.
“There is a level of anxiety that you feel about saying the right thing online, because you’re not saying the truth to somebody,” Maskarells says.
Some people find it harder to talk about online bullying, and many others find that they’re unable to talk online with people who are also experiencing the problem.
“Some of these people are afraid to get on with the work that they are doing to make sure they are not being bullied,” Maseres says.
It can be difficult to know where to start when you’re experiencing bullying online.
There are a number of resources to help you.
There is a site called Stop Online Bias, which helps people find support and help to deal successfully with online abuse.
There has also been a lot more focus on cyberbullies in schools, according to Masereas.
“Schools have been doing more research about cyberbullie behaviour, and schools are starting their own investigations,” she says, pointing to a new report published by the National Centre for Cyberbullying Prevention and Education.
A range of organisations and individuals have created online communities where students can discuss cyberbulling, support each other and find out what resources they can use.
“We’ve started to see this as an issue affecting boys, so it’s something that we’ve started addressing in schools,” Mavares says.
What you need to know about online abuse Mental health professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the issue.
Mental health specialist and campaigner Elizabeth Daley says that bullying online is not only about online harassment.
“These bullying practices are happening online, but it’s about whether or not you’re going to take action to help yourself or others,” she said. “
What are the most common online bullying tactics? “
These bullying practices are happening online, but it’s about whether or not you’re going to take action to help yourself or others,” she said.
What are the most common online bullying tactics?
“Bullying online is about trying to control another person, using threats, intimidation, bullying, physical violence, making threats, and being violent,” Masparell says.
A typical bullying tactic is called a “shadowban”, which can involve posting a message on a social media site and not telling the people you want to keep quiet.
You can also use fake accounts to get around reporting the behaviour, which can include sending messages to a friend to get them to “follow you”.
“We know that this is not the only way that people can try to control other people online,” Mabres says, adding that there are “a lot of different ways people can bully people online”.
“It is not just one way,” Mafreas adds.
“Sometimes it’s just one person, sometimes it’s multiple people.”
What are you seeing online?
Where can I get help?
“I’m going to be sharing my experiences with the wider public, and I want to see what you’re seeing online, so I want you to share your experiences too,” Masreas says.
Read more about online bully tactics.
The National Centre of Cyberbulling Prevention and Protection is calling for people to share their experiences online.
If you’re feeling vulnerable or feel bullied online, contact Mascarias.