Adults can be bullied for a variety of reasons, from being a target of false rumors to being targeted by explicit photos. And it can be hard to know how to handle these situations.
How adults are being bullied on social media
Cyberbullying is a growing concern for children and teens, but it doesn’t stop at the age of 13. Adults are also being bullied on social media.
There are many reasons people may become cyberbullies, including a lack of power or status in their lives. It can also be a way to stay anonymous or avoid confronting someone in person.
The most common forms of cyberbullying are harassment, negative comments, trolling and blatant attacks on physical appearance, character or activities. These attacks can go on for a long time and affect victims’ mental health.
Teens are more likely to be victims of cyberbullying than adults, especially if they’re young women or receive explicit images and messages. These bullying experiences can lead to depression and anxiety, as well as other mental health problems.
How it affects their mental health
Cyberbullying has been linked to mental health issues like depression and anxiety. It can also cause kids and teens to act out and become more aggressive, and it can make them feel like they aren’t worthy of friendships or love.
In addition, it can lead to self-harm or suicide.
A new study found that mental health conditions can predict a person’s chances of being bullied on social media. This was especially true for adults, where the relationship between cyberbullying and depression was stronger than it was among children.
Researchers looked at 36 studies that investigated the link between cyberbullying and mental health outcomes. They found that all of them linked bullying to mental health problems, including depression.
How to deal with it
If you’re a victim of adult social media bullying, it can be difficult to deal with. However, you can take steps to protect yourself and ensure that you’re not a target of this type of aggression.
One of the first things to do is to block the person or people who are bullying you. This can be done through their Facebook or Instagram accounts or through the messaging apps they use.
Bullies often feed off fear so blocking them can help to stop the abuse. It is important to keep in mind that most bullying occurs because of emotion rather than fact, so it may be necessary to step away from the situation for a while to allow yourself to calm down.
You can also report the bullying to the social media provider or service in question, as well as the eSafety Commissioner if it is serious enough. This is the fastest way to get the content removed and stop the abuse, if it has clear rules and moderators who can assess reports.
What to do if you’re a victim
If you are being bullied online, take steps to protect yourself and your digital identity. Change your privacy settings on social media so that other people cannot see what you post and change your passwords to secure your accounts.
Then, report the bullying to social media platforms and web sites if it violates their terms of service. This will stop the content from being published, and can help to prevent future attacks from the bully.
In addition, it’s important to keep records of harassment so that you can prove what has happened to you. These can be helpful in bringing the bullying to the attention of the various people in the bully’s life, even the police.
It’s also important to take a break from social media and technology if you feel like the bullying is getting too serious. It can be hard to resist the urge to check what is being said on a website or on a phone, but it’s crucial for your mental health and safety.