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Anti-bullying features and Instagram: what's your take?
Since Instagram have been in the news recently, owing to their new anti-bullying features, now seemed like the perfect opportunity to talk about cyberbullying and how to deal with it.
With mobile technology being so widely available, cyberspace has become the new arena for bullies. Cyberbullying affects people of all ages, but it disproportionately impacts children and young adults, both of whom can become very distressed when being bullied online. This can be anything from trolling comments left on your posts to death threats. For many, cyberbullying affects their everyday lives and is a constant source of worry.
Not only does it go on after school, college or work has finished, but it then carries through into the next day and the cycle continues.
Cyberbullying can make you feel totally overwhelmed, and embarrassed to speak out. Many children feel unable to confide in an adult because they feel ashamed and wonder whether they will be judged. In an effort to curb this, Instagram have introduced new anti-bullying features including a “shadow ban” to restrict bullies from commenting on your posts by allowing you the final say on who gets to view their comments.
Here at @TheMix, we’ve talked about some of these features: https://community.themix.org.uk/discussion/3594752/instagrams-new-anti-bullying-features#latest
Are these features enough? What would you like to see being done to tackle online bullying?
For a guide to handling cyberbullying, visit: https://www.themix.org.uk/crime-and-safety/victims-of-crime/cyberbullying-9159.html