Any kind of blackmail, false rumors or unjustified humiliation through social media or the internet is known as Cyberbullying.Netizens are now facing various problems on social media. Through Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Viber, WhatsApp, etc., they are becoming victims of cyber criminals. One of them is cyber bullying. Women and children are the main victims.
In Bangladesh, a large number of Facebook users, including school, college and university students, are victims of cyberbullying. According to the data, 49 percent of school children in the country are regular victims of cyberbullying. According to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, three-quarters of the country’s women are victims of cyberbullying.According to a recent UNICEF survey, 36 percent of cyberbullying victims are in the age group of 10-13 years, 36 percent in the age group of 14-15 years and 25 percent in the age group of 16-18 years.On the other hand, a significant portion of cyber criminals and hackers are 17-18 year olds, according to the statistics of the Cyber Security and Crime Division of the police.
People may use technology to isolate themselves from a situation even though they are in it. Cyberbullies cannot see the misery they inflict and therefore cannot comprehend the anguish they cause their victims. Indeed, several cyberbullies who were detained and questioned after the fact said that the act made them feel amusing and dominant.When it comes to school children harassing people, it is often embedded in status expectations. Insecurities are a big element in bullying, and students often attempt to bring others down in order to appear superior.
1.Secure Your Social Media Accounts: Always try to use strong passwords in your social media accounts. Most of the social media shows you whether your password is strong or not. So always try to use a difficult password in order to secure your accounts.Strong passwords usually include symbols, numbers, and letters in uppercase and lowercase, but aim to use anything that is not too difficult for you to recall.Turn on Two-Factor Authentication on your accounts.This feature is currently available and recommended by several social media sites to better secure your account.Setting up Two-Factor Authentication with Google Authenticator App, which creates a unique code for each account every time you want to log in, is an alternative to using a phone number.
2.Careful About Your Reacts and Posts:Think twice before posting or sharing anything. Because your post or reaction can hurt others’ emotions. Don’t do any bad comments or share disrespectful content. Bullies get the most of their facts from you. Be cautious about what you post online. Before you send out your address, phone number, or any other personal information, consider how malicious people could use that information. Furthermore, keep in mind that the internet never forgets. It will not be used to damage you now, but it may be used later.
3.Be aware and updated: To deter cyberbullying from happening, you must first grasp what it is. Investigate what cyberbullying is, how and where it happens, and speak with your peers about what they are seeing and hearing. Keep updated yourself. Take lessons from other consequences.
4.Google Yourself and Don’t Open Spam:Check our name on all big search engines every now and then to see if any personal information or photographs turn up. If you discover something that cyberbullies might use to harass you, take steps to get it deleted.Remove all messages from people you don’t know without reading them, since they can contain viruses and corrupt your machine. Messages from established trolls are treated similarly. It is better to avoid them and forget them. Never open spam.
5.Log Out Of Your Accounts : Much of the time, staying logged into your favorite applications and utilities makes sense—you don’t want to type your password every time you check Facebook. The dilemma is that keeping your accounts unlocked makes it possible for others to gain access to your accounts if they pick up one of your computers.Again many times we login to our social media account from cyber cafe or any other computer but forget to log out after work.As a consequence, regardless of who later uses the device, it can be conveniently reached in your account.So log out of your accounts on public computers.
6.Speak Out and Take Actions:Some bullies begin as a friend, an ex, or another person you know well. If you can have a fair conversation with the guy, ask them to stop. Hold the conversation in person rather than via email or text. Be concise and straightforward. Any email, text message, instant message, social media update, and any evidence of cyberbullying that you come across should be screenshotted or saved. Keep track of the time and date that each message was received. If you are a teenager or a juvenile, seek assistance from an adult. Your parents, teachers, principal, and school psychologist are also in a position to intervene to prevent the situation from worsening. Don’t wait for the situation to go out on its own; talk up right away to bring an end to it.
7.Monitor Kids Activity: Each guardian should be aware of what their children or younger siblings are doing and with whom they are interacting. Because children or teenagers don’t know whether something is wrong or right. They trust everyone easily. It is important that you take precautions to shield your teenagers from potentially harmful encounters. To begin, keep a close eye on their online activity to be alerted when such incidents occur. Second, show them how to safely use their digital gadgets.
Now we are living in a world of technologies. We can’t think of a day without technology. But using technologies uncarefully can destroy our life. So it’s important to maintain our privacy.We have to be cautious to avoid cyberbullying.
Be aware,Make aware.