This week is anti-bullying week so I’m posting this to help raise awareness. More things need to be done to tackle the issue of bullying and people need to speak up more about being bullied. I hope that one day I can share my story with you all.
I don’t really know how I’m writing this as when I was bullied online I did not cope very well. I looked like I did from the outside but in reality, the harsh words and criticisms have stayed with me ever since. I suppose I’m lucky in the fact that the bullying has stopped because circumstances have changed but here’s my advice to anyone who is being bullied online.
Do not retaliate.
As hard as it is to not tweet them something equally as horrible back because it hurt you, don’t do it. When I wanted to tweet back I used to write the tweet and then save it in my drafts as it was off my chest and that helped.
Report the account/messages/tweets.
Something I found useful (to an extent) was to report the specific account and tweets that were aimed at me. My friends used to also report them for harassment as that’s what it is and not that twitter was much help (there was no key evidence that tweet was about me so there’s nothing that twitter could do). Don’t let that stop you reporting every single thing they do. And if reporting it to twitter doesn’t do anything and you still believe it to be case go to the police. I nearly did go to the police but I was too scared as to what they would do that I didn’t. Don’t do a me, report it and get this looked into as it is a crime.
Block/mute the bully
In hindsight, I should’ve blocked the person and all the others involved straight away as it probably wouldn’t have gotten this far but I chose not to. I didn’t want to look like I cared about it when I did as it hurt. If you block the person online then it stops them from looking at your profiles – whilst this doesn’t stop them saying stuff about you it will also help you in not seeing what they are writing.
National Bullying helpline – http://www.nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk 0845 22 55787
Bullying UK – http://www.bullying.co.uk 0808 800 2222
I hope this has helped someone whether they have reported the issue or got help from the advice helplines.
Please don’t suffer in silence like I did, it ruins your life.
I’m always available to chat and help in any way on my social medias, click the link below and I’ll do my best to help.