I'm being bullied on social media. Since it's not related to school, what do I do?
Are these people students you know? Or are they random people, you’ve never met? How I would handle the situation depends on your answer to that question.
If they’re people you don’t know I’d suggest never responding to their ugliness. It only fuels them more because that’s what they’re looking for. You have to remember that most closed minded hateful people spend their time documenting their intelligence rather than developing it which means, they’re not looking for a solution, only to prove that they’re right. It’s a waste of your time, to even try to reason with someone like this.
Block them so they can’t continue with the meanness. Believe it or not, most all social media platforms have rules on bullying so you can also report or flag them. If they get to many flags on their account, they’ll be shut down permanently.
Change your privacy settings so that people you don’t know, can’t see or comment on your post. - I’d suggest this to everyone whether they’re being bullied or not and no matter their age.
If these bullies are people you know, or people you go to school with, I would do all of the same things that I said above, but I would also screen shot, screen shot, SCREEN-SHOT-EVERYTHING that I considered bullying.
Like I said in my Question 1 video, I’d also sympathize with them, based on the chartestics of a bully.
Something else, that I know is a tough one, but I’d challenge you to confornt them in person, in a group environment. Calling them out, in front of their friends, would not only knock them off gaurd, but it’ll empower you and the people around you, that you’re stronger than how it may seem.
If you’re like me, the build up to do this will be so increadably scary, but the end affect will leave you feeling like you’re on top of the world. And if you use the right words with a calming tone, the people around you will be able to relate with you, better than this wanna-be bully.
The last part I’d like to tell you about is in reference to bullying from people you know and comes directly from the Columbia county bullying and harassment policy.
Bullying includes cybercullying and means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior including any threatening, insulting or dehumanizing gesture bu a student or adult that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment cause discomfort or humiliation or unreasonably interfere with the individuals school performance or participation.
Under this bullying and harassment policy, bullying includes cyberbullying.
The district upholds that bullying or harassment of any student is prohibited during any education program or activity conducted by a public K-12 school.
During any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity
On a school bus
Through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network of a public K-12 education institution within the scope of the school district, meaning regardless of ownership, any computer or computer system, computer network that is physically located on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored program or activity
OR through the use of data or computer software that is accessed at a non school-related location, activity, function, or program or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by the school district or a school, if the bullying substantially interferes with or limits the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by a school or substantially disrupt the education process or overly operation of a school.
Cyberbullying means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which includes, but is not limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photoelectronic system or photoptical system including elecgtronic mail internet communications, instant messages or fax communications. Cyberbullying includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person, or knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages.
The point I’m trying to make, is that in addition to the actions I think you should take, I HIGHLY recommend you reporting this at school!
On our bullying page, is a form where you can report bullying directly to Leading2Greater, where we’ll hand deliver it directly to your schools principle, if you’d like us to do so. Also on that page, I have the direct links to the Florida statutes along with Columbia County Student Code of Conduct and Bullying and Harassment Policies mentioned above.