The government’s Cybersmart program has developed actions to help Australian children and youth protect themselves and others agains the impact of trolling, reported the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Trolling is when a user intentionally causes distress, anger and argument in an online public forum for the purpose of disturbing other users.
Cybersmart said that you can protect yourself by taking the following actions:
IGNORE the troll—don’t respond to nasty, immature, offensive comments. Giving trolls the attention they want only gives them more power.
BLOCK the troll—take away their power by blocking them. If they pop up under a different name, block them again.
REPORT trolls—report to site administrators. If they pop up under a different name, report them again. If they continue, contact the police.
TALK with friends and family — If a troll upsets you, talk about it… it’s not you, it’s them.
PROTECT friends from trolls — if trolls are upsetting a friend, tell them to Ignore, Block, Report. Tell their family and other friends and encourage them to seek support.
Cybersmart’s online Helpline is 1800 55 1800.