We spend so much of our lives on social media that it can be devastating if things suddenly turn sour. If you’ve been bullied online, you’ll know how much it can damage your self esteem and overall mental health, which is why it’s so important to know how to protect yourself online.
Luckily, every single platform has tools which everyone can access to make this easier.
– Instagram does not tolerate bullying and you can report this via an in-app tool. It also has filters that will identify and hide comments that attack a person’s appearance or are toxic or divisive.
– You can list words or emojis that you consider offensive or inappropriate, and comments featuring those words will be hidden. The Comment Control tool gives you the ability to turn off comments on any post.
– Instagram recently re-launched Instagram-Together, to help explain how these tools and resources work, and to provide support for everyone in the Community.
– The site includes videos that show how to operate Instagram’s privacy and safety tools, an explainer of its Community Guidelines, an FAQ on online safety, and advice on ways to ‘switch off’.
– Facebook reviews all reported bullying and removed anything that doesn’t fit its standards.
– You can block someone and report threatening messages on Messenger by using the ‘Something’s Wrong’ button.
– You can also edit your privacy settings appropriately to control who sees what on your profile by visiting the settings menu.
– You can report or block a user and flag inappropriate content.
– YouTube has a helpfully broad definition of harassment – from abusive videos, hurtful comments and revealing someone’s private data.
– You can block a user and anyone found in breach of Twitter’s hateful conduct policy can have their account suspended.
– The ‘Show more replies’ was introduced in June 2018 to hide comments from accounts displaying troll-like behaviour, so you can easily ignore them.
– You can flag an abusive story or snap by pressing and holding until you see a white flag in the bottom left corner. Simply tap that to report content.
We’re taking bullying seriously with our #BlendOutBullying campaign, but what does it involve?
#BlendOutBullying involves highlighting the worst thing anyone’s ever said to you online and owning it by putting those words on your face and blending them into a gorgeous makeup look. Whether you use the words as contour, write a word on your lip and blend it in, or use concealer to cover up ink, it’s all about taking back the power from the bullies and creating an inspiring video to encourage others to do the same.
Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for GLAMOUR articles featuring all your amazing videos and selfies, a whole host of emotional real-life stories and our awesome live panel. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the new GLAMOUR AW18 for the full story and all the details you need to get involved.
The Diana Award
There are many organisations that help provide support and advice to people struggling with online bullying, but one making waves at the moment is The Diana Award, who we’re partnering with for this campaign.
The Diana Award was established in 1999 by the British Government who wanted continue Princess Diana’s legacy by establishing a formal way to recognise young people who were going above and beyond the expected in their local communities. In 2006, they became an independent charity, which enabled them to develop into a fully-fledged youth-led movement. Five years later, they launched their now world-famous Anti-Bullying Programme and later, in 2012, their Mentoring Programme.
You can donate to the campaign by texting GLAM18 to 70700 with the amount you wish to donate (ie GLAM18 £3). Just £30 trains one anti-bullying ambassador who can then go on to help countless others.