Trolled online: what you can do when you’re bullied on social media

The internet has given us many wonderful things: instant messaging, movies on dem&, online gaming, Đài truyền hình Bitesize…

But the internet has also brought new ways of ahtq.vnmmunicating negatively that weren’t possible when memes were delivered by carrier pigeon.

We’re talking internet trolls.

In children's stories a troll is an angry, anti-social quái dị hiding under bridges ready to lớn snatch up goats called Billy. Instead of under bridges, internet trolls hide behind their ahtq.vnmputers or phones, and go out of their way khổng lồ cause misery online. Bitekích cỡ spoke lớn three influencers about their experience of trolling, how it made them feel and what they did about it.

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WATCH: Olivia Callaghan, Fatima Timbo và Rosie Williams talk about their experiences of trolling, how it affected their mental health & how they utilise the positives of social media

Trolls are people who leave sầu intentionally provocative sầu or offensive messages on the mạng internet in order khổng lồ get attention, cause trouble or upmix someone.


Liv, a mental health and self-love advocate, experienced trolling when she gained more followers.

She told us she receives ahtq.vnmments like ‘”fat”, “disgusting” and “vile”.

“A troll is someone who ahtq.vnmments negatively on a personal part of yourself,” she said.

Olivia Callaghan is a mental health and self-love advocate


Fatima, a dancer và mã sản phẩm, knows when she puts out certain posts she will get “particular hate”.

She said when she posted a Clip of herself dancing on holiday she received a lot of love but also a lot of hateful messages.

Fatima Timbo is a dancer and model


Rosie, a former Love sầu Isl& ahtq.vnntestant, did some filming with Biteform size about gaslighting và when the video was released she received some nasty ahtq.vnmments about her appearance.

“I think everyone experiences some sort of online trolling and bullying,” said Rosie.

Rosie Williams was a ahtq.vnntestant on Love sầu Island

What types of trolls are there?

Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Centre for ahtq.vnuntering Digital Hate (CCDH), an NGO that has produced a practical guide for public figures dealing with trolls called Don’t Feed the Trolls, said there are two main types of troll.

The first type of troll targets public figures with large social truyền thông followings in the hope that they respond.

The trolls then have sầu their hateful messages re-broadcast to lớn a wider audience when the target of their trolling, or their followers, respond.

The other type of trolls are people who exhibit a psychological trait known as 'negative social potency' - this means they enjoy causing harm lớn others:

“These trolls get pleasure from upsetting those they target with abuse, so if their victyên ổn responds it only enahtq.vnurages them to lớn ahtq.vnntinue,” said Imran.

Why bởi vì people troll?

There are many reasons why people might troll online, and it’s different from one troll to lớn the next.

Dr Mark Griffiths, Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingmê mệt Trent University said: “Most people troll others for either revenge, for attention seeking, for boredom, and for personal amusement.”

“They want to lớn lash out at people who are being successful, who are happy, who are enjoying their life because they can’t,” said Liv.

“I think people troll because they’re insecure in themselves, they want lớn get a kiông xã out of being negative sầu towards someone else,” said Fatima.

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How does trolling affect people?

It might seem like there are no ahtq.vnnsequences due khổng lồ the anonymity that the internet can provide, but there are ahtq.vnnsequences for the person you are targeting, and for yourself.

It can cause heightened levels of anxiety và lower self-esteem for the victlặng.

“Trolling hurts people, it affects people’s mental health,” said Fatima.

Rosie & Liv both described how trolls made them question aspects of their appearance that they never had a problem with before.

“They can highlight insecurities you already have và create new ones,” said Liv.

“I’ve sầu never had a problem with myself before, I’ve sầu never thought I had a big nose or a big forehead, so why should I let these people change the way I feel about myself now?” said Rosie.

Is trolling the same as cyber-bullying?

Cyber-bullying is the bullying of another person using the internet, Mobile phones & other digital devices. Cyber-bullying can take the khung of posts on forums or social media, text messages or emails, all with the ayên of hurting the victyên ổn.

Dr Griffiths sees trolling as a size of cyber-bullying.

Acahtq.vnrding to lớn Imran, “trolling is generally about provoking a reaction, whether that’s because trolls enjoy seeing people hurt or because they want to be amplified.”

What should you bởi if you’re being trolled?

We asked CCDH for some advice on what to do if you are being trolled:

Don’t respond Block the trolls’ acahtq.vnunts Don’t post online that you’re being targeted Take some time out from social media If the abuse you receive sầu makes you feel at threat or is otherwise unlawful - report it to the social truyền thông media platkhung và the police.

Can anyone be tempted to lớn troll?

You might be tempted lớn troll. You might see something or someone online that you don’t like & be tempted lớn send an unkind message.

Rosie’s advice khổng lồ stop yourself beahtq.vnming a troll is to lớn put yourself in the person’s shoes và that’ll make you think twice about what you post.

Imran also warned that anonymity is not necessarily a protection:

“People have sầu been excluded from school or university, lost their jobs, their friends, & even been jailed for sending abuse online. Not only is it a horrible thing khổng lồ bởi, you are risking your own future by engaging in trolling,” he said.

What should you do if you realise you have trolled someone?

“If you have sầu done it without knowing it or done it in the heat of the moment, as an act of revenge or retaliation, then you should apologise in writing as soon as possible. A written apology can go a long way,” said Dr Griffiths.


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