Facebook and Twitter can be scary. Cyber harassment and threats are common occurrences. Personally, I experienced the unpleasantness of receiving a death threat online. It all started with a simple Facebook argument that quickly escalated. I was shocked to see a picture of a knife and a post hinting at tracking someone’s location. If you ever face cyber harassment or threats, here’s what you can do.
Celebrities and Harassment
I’m not the only one who has faced death threats on Twitter or Facebook. Many public figures like Sue Perkins, a British actress, experienced threats when suggested to star on Top Gear. British soccer star Danny Welbeck received around 1,700 abusive messages, nearly half of which were racist. Even Kim Kardashian West and Chadwick Boseman dealt with threats and trolling. Cyber harassment and threats on social media are a harsh reality that can deeply affect people.
What You Can Do
What do you do if you face online threats or harassment? While Facebook and Twitter have reporting options, they might not always be enough for your safety. Depending on the seriousness of the threat, involving law enforcement or seeking support from someone you trust may be necessary. Kim Kardashian West, in an interview with People, shared some advice: “Ask yourself, will this affect me tomorrow or in a week? Usually, the answer is no.” She emphasizes taking the high road and seeking help when needed.Get Support When Needed.
If the harassment is distressing you, consider seeking help from a counselor, therapist, or hotline. You can reach out to Crisis Textline by texting 741741 for free support. IMAlive.org and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are also valuable resources. Remember, you are not alone, and your safety matters!