Here’s What Makes Trolls Different from Cyberbullies
The Internet is a great place to learn new things and chat with friends no matter the location. But the digital sphere has also brought in two kinds of unruly people: trolls and cyberbullies. You hear about them on the news and on social media, but what exactly are they? Find out below.
The World of Trolls
You’re probably aware of the saying: “Don’t feed the trolls.” But what does this mean? It refers to how people shouldn’t engage with trolls. Otherwise, they will only get motivated to continue harassing you. But what do trolls do anyway? Simply put, they like to annoy and agitate people online.
Trolls like to post something provocative on comment sections — even if their statements no longer make sense. Their goal is to simply rouse other people. They don’t care about sound arguments; what matters is that they ruined someone else’s day just by spamming annoying, contentious comments.
You typically find them on public comment sections on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. If they don’t attract enough attention, trolls will resort to racist, sexist, and any discriminatory remarks. But what’s most alarming is that they can make others hate innocent people or lead them into believing fake news.
Ignore the trolls — no matter how vile their messages can be. If you’re on social, there’s probably an option to block them or delete their comments. You must ensure that the conversation does not get derailed into something that benefits no one other than the trolls.
The Danger with Cyberbullies
If trolls simply want to anger random users and online communities, cyberbullies have a more devious goal. These are people who are out to ridicule specific individuals — they don’t even have to be strangers. Cyberbullies can take the form of your classmates, friends, and even relatives.
What they want is to shame and intimidate a person online. They might make a Facebook page where they can post hurtful and sensitive things about you. Cyberbullies don’t care about the attention. Their goal is for others to see you in a bad light. If you see a post, try to report them to administrators.
Cyberbullies rely on personal information their target doesn’t want to share. They want to steal unsightly photos. Thus, it’s important to protect your account from hacking by having a strong password and using a VPN. Check your internet connection and firewall settings if you cannot connect to VPN servers.
In the end, both trolls and cyberbullies are undesirable denizens of the Internet. They might never go out of existence, but you can still safeguard yourself. Learn to report accounts and posts. Ignore all the troll comments and keep your account secured.