Online Ethics 101: Lessons from Trolling and Cyber bullying


Online Ethics

Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means which goes against online ethics. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers, as the digital sphere has expanded and technology has advanced.

Trolling and cyberbullying are two of the darker aspects of the internet. Unfortunately, these behaviors have become increasingly common in recent years, and they can have a profound impact on individuals and society as a whole. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victims’ personal information, or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech).

Nevertheless, there are several lessons that we can learn from these behaviors that can help prevent them from happening in the future.


Firstly, it’s essential to be aware of our online behavior. The internet is not a faceless space, and our words and actions can have real-life consequences. Therefore, we should always be mindful of what we say and do online.


Secondly, we need to respect others online. Respect, they say, is reciprocal. Just because we are interacting with someone online doesn’t mean we can be disrespectful or abusive. Always treat others with kindness and respect, and don’t engage in behavior that is intended to hurt or humiliate someone.


Thirdly, if we witness someone engaging in abusive behavior online, we should report it to the relevant authorities or platform. This can help prevent further harm and send a message that such behavior is not acceptable.


Fourthly, it’s important to educate ourselves about cyberbullying and trolling. By understanding these behaviors, we can recognize them when they happen and take appropriate action.


Finally, if we know someone who has been a victim of cyberbullying or trolling, we should offer our support and encourage them to seek help if needed. Remember that bullying can have a profound impact on a person’s mental health, so it’s essential to take it seriously and provide proper support.

In conclusion, by being mindful of our online behavior, respecting others, reporting abusive behavior, educating ourselves, and supporting victims, we can help prevent trolling and cyberbullying on the internet.

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