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Signs of Online Harrassment

Article Date: 26-09-2018

Online harassment (cyber bullying) follows the same principle of traditional bullying; involving an imbalance of power, aggression and a negative action that is often repeated. Only here, the ‘trolls’ are more powerful as they have the opportunity to become completely anonymous.

Here’s a list of the common forms of online harassment and the signs of them occurring:

  • Harassment – The most common form, often indicated by repeated offensive, rude and insulting messages.
  • Denigration – This is the distribution of information (text/imaged based) about another person that is derogatory or untrue. Denigration is often acted on by sharing such information via websites, apps, email and instant messaging.
  • Impersonation – Breaking into another person’s emails, social media accounts and using their online identity as a means to send out or post vicious or embarrassing content about them or others.
  • Outing and Trickery – Sharing another person’s secrets, personal information or tricking someone into revealing secrets with the intent of forwarding such information to others.
  • Cyber Stalking – A heightened form of online harassment; repeatedly sending messages that include threats of harm, are highly intimidating, or engaging in online activities that make a person feel afraid for their safety. This is illegal activity.

Here at Estio Healthcare, we have a no tolerance policy to harassment of any form, whether that be online or in person. If you feel that you’re witnessing, experiencing or have experienced any of the above, please contact our head office on 01422 357707 today so that we can investigate the issue at hand.

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