What steps should you take to avoid becoming a victim of cyberbullying?

Posted by John Smith on July 15th, 2022

As with bullying outside the virtual environment, cyberbullying can have serious consequences for young victims. In general, an initial picture of isolation and sadness can progress to serious depression, anxiety disorder, and panic syndrome.

If the case is not discovered and the sequelae are not treated, victims of cyberbullying can carry with their symptoms of trauma for the rest of their lives, which often causes poor school performance, low self-esteem, and difficulties in relating to others. In the most extreme cases, the victim of cyberbullying can commit suicide.

Steps you should take to avoid becoming a victim of cyberbullying?

At first, glance, talking about attitudes to prevent cyberbullying from happening to you may seem strange, since the victim of an assault should never be held responsible for the crime. However, since aggression exists, it is always good to take certain precautions so that you are not a victim. The main precautions are:

- Don't expose your life too much on social media
- Avoid exposing intimacies on the internet
- When attacked by someone, block that person
- Do not send intimate photos, containing partial or total nudity, to other people, even if it is your partner/partner and you trust that person
- In case of exposure of intimate photos on the network, look for a police station to immediately file a report
- In case of aggression that may cause moral damages due to injury, slander and defamation, look for a police station and file a report
- If you are victimized by any aggression, before taking any action, talk to your guardians, bullying expert witness, or a trusted adult who can support and help you

Fathers, mothers, sextortion expert witness at Hinduja.org, and guardians should always monitor what minors do on the internet, in order to help them when they suffer aggression or prevent possible aggressive acts practiced by them.

Despite the sense of security in which the aggressor believes he is, he is committing a crime and can be punished. Cyberbullying is punishable by the Penal Code when it configures crimes against honor.

The fake social media profiles and emails, used by many attackers in order not to have their real identity revealed, can be tracked and discovered by analyzing the IP address (a kind of address that records and identifies any point of internet access). 

If you are a victim of cyberbullying, do not hesitate to contact us at Hinduja.org. Our social media expert witness will help you.

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