The internet and social media has become an amazing tool. Communicating, working, networking and learning new things. There are so many positive benefits, however like everything there can be some negative aspects too.
When I planned this post the events of the past week or so hadn’t yet happened. However I feel this is actually the perfect time to share this post. The horrible news of Caroline Flack broke and my heart sunk. It hard me so hard and seeing the abuse she was receiving online and in the media. I was not there and will not comment on the police matter because in my opinion the only two people that were there knows what really happens. No one should feel life is too hard to live and to take their own lives.
The online bullying is increasing, people and kids thinking they can hide behind a device and be cruel and abusive for no reason other than to troll. It is dangerous and should be tackled.
When you are a blogger you will share information about your life, experiences and your thoughts and it does make you vulnerable online. Online platforms are improving their safety with report buttons but there is still a long way to go.
I am sharing 4 tips to help you deal with negativity online
#1 Block and report any negative people or comments
Sometimes getting negative comments or trolled might happen. I have learned that even if you have a credible argument to what they are saying, do not reply! Block the person and report any online abuse to the social media platform you are using.
#2 Delete all negative people from your feed
To help keep the negativity off your feed and to limit you having to deal with unkind or negative posts. Having positive people on your feed, to support you and follow you on your journey. With all the negativity that is going on in the world you don’t need to witness or be subjected to negativity online.
#3 Change your settings
If you are having a problem with negativity online, you can edit your settings to make your accounts more private. Only allowing certain people to follow you if you wish.
#4 Practise self-care
If you have had difficulty online with negative comments or just the sense of negativity, taking some time away from social media is very beneficial. Being around family or friends, being creative and being around positivity. Looking after your mental health is so important and sometimes social media can be exhausting, so having that balance can help with your mental health.
These are just some tips that you can refer to, to help you handle negativity online. If you are bullied, make sure you report the person/s and make sure you block them too.
Have you ever received negativity or bullying online? How would you, or how have you dealt with negativity online? I’d love to hear in the comments.