Online harassment comes in many types and has a lot of names including cyber bullying, trolling, flaming, outing or masquerading. Harassment can happen in one-to-one texts, emails or private messages, or more openly on social media platforms where a nasty post or photo designed to hurt or embarrass someone is shared.

Facebook as the leading social media platform intends to educate its users through providing effective tips to control online harassment with the self-regulated techniques and easy monitoring of the content.

This all means that it is important to take extra care of yourself and your information online, and at the same time be careful that you don’t unwittingly cause hurt to someone online either.

If someone is making you feel bad or if being online is making you feel sad or stressed out, it is important to tell someone close to you. They will help you find a way to solve the problem. If you think you are being bullied, do check out Facebook’s Bullying Prevention Hub for resources to help you.

How to Control Online Harassment on Social Media?

Following are the safety tips shared by Facebook to control Online Harassment:

  • Always keep good friends while checking the friends list regularly to make sure that you are comfortable with your friends looking at your personal content.
  • As your friends list grows, check your privacy settings often to make sure the information you are keeping private and public still feels right good to you. Click here to know more.
  • Accept friend requests from only people whom you know personally; carefully check-out anyone else who knocks at your door and unfriend anyone who has worn out their welcome.
  • Some information are important to hide, like your private information, your address, the exact location when you’re doing something fun, and same information about your friends.
  • It is strongly forbidden to share your login details such as username and password with anyone. Not your friends, not the person you’re dating or your BBF. It is never, ever worth it. Always remember that Facebook never asks for your password through a message or email!
  • It is also advised to take a break from social media if it’s getting too much.
  • Review the post always before posting on Facebook (or any other social media platform) whether it may hurt someone’s feelings and reputation.
  • It is also advised to make the mistakes fixed through apologizing with friends whom sentiments are hurt by your comments.

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