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


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Love yourself💖

Everyone experiences insecurities and self-esteem issues at some stage of their life. As I grow older, I am learning to love who I am, recognise my self worth and recognise and appreciate my good qualities. What’s not to love about Jo <333🥰🥰🥰

Whether you have been bullied, had body image issues, didn’t have many friends, had an unsupportive family, no hobbies or interests, didn’t talk about openly about your true feelings, had anxiety, parents have low self-esteem, didn’t perform well at school.. there are many reasons that can cause someone to have a low self-confidence. People who make you feel as if you are unworthy or unlovable are not the people you need in your life. Like attracts like. People who do not even like or respect themselves attract the same. People who respect themselves and respect others will attract the same. Don’t let someone get comfortable lying to you and disrespecting you

I am 23 now and would say I am pretty confident in myself. I believe you can be confident without being arrogant. I have dreams, ambitions, a good friend group and get on well with my family. I know I have lots of good qualities and that I am a good, loving person. I am smart, pretty, friendly and happy (most of the time). I find that spending more time at my hobbies and what I enjoy makes me a happier person. Not engaging or showing any interest with people who could not care less about my feelings is a weight off my shoulders. I am spending more time doing soul-nourishing activities such as art,photography, yoga, mindfulness and baking. More soul less ego🕊️ I find that I am singing a lot these days, a good indicator of my happiness and wellbeing. Inner peace is the new success 🕯️ There are many negatives in the world nowadays, such as racism, discrimination, health problems and more. Investing time doing things you love is a good way to build self-esteem, confidence and happiness. Spending time with friends often has a positive impact on one’s emotional health.

I have volunteered a lot throughout University and have found this is a good way to meet like-minded people,build self-assurance and team-building skills. Whether it is an hour a month or more, it makes me feel more productive and more valued. Family relationships can be strengthened by doing weekend activities. Problems with body image and bullying can vary from age to age and can fluctuate throughout one’s lifetime. The only way to deal with bullies is to not give them the reaction they want from you and to report it. Body image confidence can change from one day to the next, but if you focus on your good qualities rather than what you are insecure about you will realise you have a lot more good qualities than bad. Social media plays a big part in todays world regarding how people feel about their bodies. It is important to know that images are photoshopped and not real. Comparison is the thief of joy👀

Another part of learning to love yourself is knowing what people you should be keeping in your life. If someone does not value you or makes you questions your worth, why are they around? If someone is calling you names or picking on you, why would you have to put up with that? There are a gazillion people on this planet and knowing that you deserve to be treated with respect is an important step of learning to love yourself. Don’t let people use you, take advantage of you, label you, or determine your self-worth. You know yourself better than anyone. You know your past experiences, values and what you stand for. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Know your worth👑 and slay👠

Comment below what your thoughts are💭


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