Saturday, August 15, 2015

66. Avoid Trolling

 Trolling is when a user anonymously abuses or intimidates others online for fun. They purposely post inflammatory statements, not as a way to bully or harass other people, but to watch the reactions.

Trolls enjoy seeing people get worked up about what they post. When they are confronted on their behaviour, they often shrug it off and claim it was all in fun.

Cyberbullies target someone and repeatedly attack them, while trolls set out to annoy whoever they can. Trolls want to provoke a reaction or response and it’s often not a personal attack because they don’t really care who they upset.

You can protect yourself and others against trolling by:
Ignore. Don't respond to nasty, immature or offensive comments
Dont give attention them ...
Attention give them more power.
Unfollow them and ask your friends to do so
Block them in groups and pages
If they pop up under a different name, block them again.
Report trolls to website administrators

Contact the social media service. Under new legislation, social media services are now obliged to take down material believed to be of a offensive nature.

Talk about it. If a troll upsets you, please talk about it with trusted friends and family and remember, it's not you, it's them.

Protect your friends from trolls. If trolls are upsetting a friend, help them to seek support.

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