We hear a lot about online trolls and online negativity from celebrities. I saw a post from Roz Purcell recently on this topic and inspired me to do a blogpost. As more people are using the internet because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know how to stay safe online. Using the internet comes with many negative aspects and risks; cyberbullying, phishing, scams, stalking, predators, identity theft, chat rooms, spam, viruses..the list goes on.
Why do trolls troll?
- Projecting their own issues and insecurities
- To feel powerful (they are actually powerless behind a screen)
- Lack empathy and remorse; do not realise or care for the impact it has on the other person
- May not have any hobbies or close friends
- May not have a lot going on in their life
- May have a troubled home environment
- To intentionally provoke, hurt someone
- Low self-esteem/Jealous/Insecure/Hateful
- Believe they are immune to the consequences of their actions
- Misery loves company
What you can do
- Don’t give them the attention/validation/reaction they crave
- Report to family/close friend/the guards
- Internet security