Cyberbullying: how to make it stop

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Cyberbullying has received a ton of attention recently, but oftentimes we focus on the problem instead of the solution. How do we reduce cyberbullying? David Ryan Polgar from copiliotfamily.com shared tips with us.

Social media has offered a tremendous benefit in connecting us to array of people throughout the world. Communication has never been easier. What has been difficult, however, is ensuring that our online communication respect the same levels decency we would expect in real life conversation. Oftentimes the medium of texting or anonymous apps may decrease the empathy we should towards the recipient of a message.

Cyberbullying has received a ton of attention recently, but oftentimes we focus on the problem instead of the solution. How do we reduce cyberbullying?
The #iCANHELP campaign (http://www.icanhelpdeletenegativity.org) is aimed at teaching kids how to respond positively. Based on the concept that negativity breeds more negativity, this campaign changes the tone of online conversation by injecting positive messages.

Four key areas that the campaign focuses on:
1. Post Positively
It is easy to be snarky on social media. Let’s lead by example and post messages that have a positive impact on people we are connected with.
2. Respectfully Comment, Then Report Anything Inappropriate
Social media relies on self-reporting of inappropriate content. Don’t contribute to the stream of negative content, but also report inappropriate posts.
3. Block Inappropriate People
Don’t surround yourself with negative people online. In addition, utilize the blocking mechanisms on social media to prevent interacting with negative or harmful people.
4. Inform Students & Adults
Negative posting online often involves students at the same school. This is an opportunity to inform other students about the negative posting, and involve staff members and other adults.
Lastly, people can follow the #icanhelp campaign and flood social media with their own positive messages.

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