Personal Security on the Internet – Protecting Against Cyber-Bullying

Cyber-bullying is becoming increasingly prevalent. In a society dominated by the internet, anybody can operate in the online sphere, using social media and messaging services to hide their identity. It’s a great risk for personal security and young people are especially vulnerable. What can be done?

Technology is often used in the identification of cyber-bullies and more sophisticated methods are continuously becoming available. One type of technology is able to analyse language, looking at patterns of usage and specific words to single out particular perpetrators. This gets to the root of the bullying so that the issue can be resolved.

Popular forums will usually have their own dedicated personnel to deal with bullying and other threats to personal security. This gives those experiencing threats a place to go, and the process of monitoring a forum can work as a deterrent for malicious online activity.

Most importantly, people are becoming better educated in staying safe online. Programmes are run in schools to give young people the knowledge they need, and they’re made aware of what to do if they ever experience cyber-bullying. Here are some important safety tips to remember:

  • Don’t make personal details like your address or telephone number readily available.
  • Always tell someone what is happening. There are plenty of ways to stop bullying, and they will be able to help.
  • Use social media sensibly. Only accept requests from people you know.
  • Save all of the evidence. Cyber-bullies leave behind plenty of proof as social media relies on written communication so you’ll easily be able to demonstrate what’s been going on.