Hello my lovelies, hope you are all having a great week like I am and lets hang in there it’s almost weekend. I couldn’t let the week pass by without our chatty (rie talk). Today’s topic is one that has bugged me for a long time now and I have always wanted to talk about it but other topics get in the way and i push it to the back of the queue but not anymore! Most of us probably would have experienced some sort of negativity online in some shape or form and we all remember how that felt. This brings me to the topic of today and its about cyberbullying. A friend told me recently about her horrible encounter online she said and i quote “she bullied me”.
I am not going to go into details of her bad encounter as this is quite sensitive and fresh for her but she is happy that I am writing a blog post about the issue. I have lost count of how many times I have seen negative and hurtful comments online where complete strangers have taken it upon themselves to bash other people’s life/looks/page etc. Though you see some people spreading positivity and good vibes only messages which in turn encourages others, it doesn’t seem to stop the bullying going around. There has been countless of advertisements/forums/talks raising awareness about cyberbullying and how to get help still the bullies refuse to stop their bad acts. If we all begin to do our parts by spreading love not hate, it will go a very long way. One person at a time if you do your part, I do my part and the girl next door does her part we can help increase more positivity online.
Don’t even get me started on the replies the bullies give when caught in the act, examples are “it’s a free world”, “I have freedom of speech”, “it’s constructive criticism”, “it’s said out of love”, no! my dear it isn’t and you are a bully! Firstly you can’t criticise a complete stranger constructively because you don’t even know anything about them nor do you know what advice would be useful for them since you can only see them online and only see what they want you to see. let us not forget that everything we see online is not always as it seems. My advice would be if you don’t have anything nice or positive to say online to people then it is best not to say anything at all because you have no idea people’s state of mind, what they might be going through and how your actions/words could affect them.
Another way the bullies could think about their actions is to imagine someone else doing the same to them and their loved ones and how they will feel. I would like to say if you are affected by any form of online bullying in any way no matter how small don’t suffer in silence get help as there are many helplines/groups/forums out there that should be able to help you. Let’s spread positivity not hate!
Have you experienced any negativity online? share in the comments below and help encourage others.