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.
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. We all need to be kind and understand that everyone is going through something or dealing with their own issues.
3. Change your settings
If you are having a problem with negativity online or negative people online, you can edit your settings to make your accounts more private. Only allowing certain people to follow you if you wish or block those accounts and make your accounts safe and positive. Your mental wellness comes first!
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. Self care activities can come be a variety of things, having that break from negativity influences can allow you the strength to challenge the negativity.
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 account and make sure you block them too.
How do you deal with negativity online? I’d love to hear in the comments.