In a world of immediacy and contact without interruption in social networks, cases of cyber bullying have quickly jumped from offline to online. Given this context, it is convenient to take into account the preventive measures that we can take to prevent a conversation, an email, a publication on networks. Or any other form of online interaction from becoming a case of cyberbullying.
What are some steps to follow?
Make sure you have a good antivirus and firewall, as well as an update when appropriate, and try not to use computers that do not have this type of programs.
Having both types of programs installed brings a higher level of security since an antivirus detects and eliminates viruses, while a firewall prevents the computer from getting infected.
To prevent your webcam from activating without you being aware of it, it is a good idea to use a camera model that has a pilot light, which will indicate if the camera is recording or not. In the case of a laptop, the pilot light is a function that can be deactivated, which will be enough to configure the webcam to turn on every time you are recording.
It is worth remembering that we must be very careful when sharing personal information through the Internet, be it the address, the telephone number, or the name and surname.
The same applies to photographs and videos which can be misused against who appears in them. These are visual files and easy to share, so there is a risk that a harasser transmits it to their contacts and multiplies the impact of cyberbullying.
Take advantage of the blocking function, since it is possible to prohibit access to those users who send inappropriate or strange messages before the situation worsens and becomes a case of cyberbullying.
Even so, it is convenient not to eliminate comments or conversations that have already taken place, in order to gather evidence if it is later decided that the case should be reported.
You should not respond to any sexting unless it is to inform you that what you are doing can be considered a crime. In any case, before replicating the behavior of the harasser in response, it is best to consult a legal expert about what is the appropriate way to deal with the situation.
Caring for one's online activity is essential for bullying prevention. The ways to achieve it are many and diverse, so the recommendation is to implement as many as possible as well as choose those that best fit with each one.