Online trolls👾

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?
  • Attention-seeking
  • 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
  • Block
  • Internet security
Memes
Links

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/be-safe-online/

https://www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/

https://www.fraudsmart.ie/

https://www.ispcc.ie/online-safety-policy/?gclid=CjwKCAjwxuuCBhATEiwAIIIz0dmJfW4q5pjvJlEDrPaabkyygJuZd_YGDqU894CJ_P40G8A7D_RlURoClawQAvD_BwE

https://www.womensaid.ie/help/digitalabuse.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ie/blog/better-living-technology/201408/why-the-online-trolls-troll


Jo

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