Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said that Internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws.
It means the sentence for cyber abuse would be quadrupled from the current sentence of six months.
Let’s hope this heavier sentence will put people off online bullying. Diver Tom Daly, Chloe Madeley and Labour MP Stella Creasy have all suffered harassment from people they don’t know via social media.
Cyber bullies might be someone you know or anonymous to you. They may dislike you because you are popular or successful or because of your religion, shape, colour, your ability or disability. It can be very upsetting or distressing for the victims. If someone starts posting nasty comments about you online, do something about it. You can report the person concerned.
There are ways of protecting yourself from digital stalkers and there is a lot written about it online. But here are WRITE WAI’s top tips to resolve abuse by an Internet troll.
- Collect and document any evidence of bullying.
- Tell the police if you think the comments are libellous or threatening.
- If you are being bullied online at work tell HR or by someone from school, tell your teacher.
- Seek help from the Bullying UK helpline on 0808 800 222 or the National Stalking Helpline 0808 802 0300.
- Report the bullying to the Social Media networks where it is appearing.
Whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence.