The anonymous nature of the internet allows for the bullies to operate without accountability or fear of punishment. Indeed, the self-creation of profiles allows user to pose as anyone (or no-one) and the nature of public platforms allows one post, or one user, to reach millions.
So what can you do if you feel like you are being trolled or bullied online? Fortunately, Ineqe has put together a free downloadable resource which gives you guidance on:
- What is an internet ‘Troll’?
- Identifying and spotting a Troll
- How to take action against Trolls
- Steps you can take in response to trolling behaviour on Twitter and Facebook
Oxfordshire Youth offers bespoke courses for schools and youth organisation on cyber-bullying, how to be safe online and digital resilience. For more information, please contact Becky Critchley