Trolling is an emerging phenomenon in the Internet communities that have the potential to destroy the life of your teenaged kids if not coped up at the right moment. It has happened to an 18-year-old teenager from Leeds named Victoria. Victoria is on anxiety tablets, and her self-confidence had been shattered through inappropriate content and communication as she socialized on the Internet.
She says, “There’s still that thought in the back of my mind, where you never know if they are going to be there while you are out.”
She further adds, “At the end of the day, this has legit just ruined my life. I used to be an outgoing person. I’m just trying to get back to my old self.”
She said that she was sent pornographic images doctored with her face through the use of photo editing software like Photoshop while other photographs of herself that she was sent said: “die.” As she reveals the impact of such abusive cyberbullying, it may leave the impression and scares on her mind for life. As cases like these unfold, the actual magnitude of the effect of this growing Internet problem needs to unravel itself.
The Hotspots of Trolling on Internet
All social media sites that are open for comments are littered with postings from trolls that do not reveal their identity. Trolls are found everywhere on blog comment sites and forums. Just take a look at the comment sections of any popular Youtube video, you will see comments that are entirely out of context directed towards maligning people with creative talent, and those who want to show off their skills on Information superhighway or people with a social spirit like Victoria who wants to make new friends.
Just visit any top blog comments or forums you will be able to observe abusive comments that are directed towards humiliating writers and contributors without any reason.
Famous social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Tumblr and others where ever there are opportunities available to your kid to interact in any way, trolling is persistently found everywhere. Most of the trolls keep their real identity secret, and they are most likely to hide behind a faceless, nameless user account.
Why do People Troll on the Internet
Every troll on the Internet have a backstory and feel a reason to do this reckless never wrecking act victimizing people in online communities or target an individual that can be your teenage kid. The people who troll on regular bases are usually people with mental disorders or have state of mind that they need to fend off feelings of depression, anger, attention starvation, jealousy, narcissism, or an emotion that they may not be aware of in this kind of online behavior to others. Anyone can become a troll, and the biggest problem is that they quickly get away with it.
Major Signs that there is a Troll on the other side
A troll may get emotionally involved by being nice as they target young kids. Once they see that the understanding and the bond is strong enough, they start assaulting their victims in various ways like
- Inflicting insult
- Luring and persisting the victim in to futile debates
- Adding humiliation by grammar or spelling correction
- Propagating the feellings of insult
- Show-off or know-it-all blab mouthing
- Talking off topic
- Being profane
- Using single or multiple offensive words
In short, the troll will do anything to disgrace and offend you or your work.
The utmost goal of a troll is to ruin a community, and they thrive in all online environments that have large audience base.
How to Deal with Internet Trolls
One should realize that you cannot win an argument with a troll by retaliating against them, convincing them or communicating with them or interacting with them in any way will just fuel their desire to gain attention.
There can be four ways that can deprive them of their audience, removing their power and stripping away the attention they seek.
Teach your kids to,
- Ignore such a person who argues with them online.
- A troll that repeatedly offends, report them to community or system moderator or the administrators.
- Make sure the moderated has taken action, and the troll is kicked out of the systems, or the IP address is blocked. All the posts by the troll are deleted, and there is appropriate punishment undertaken.
- Keep your teens under surveillance for their security. More on this in the following.
There may be incidents when your kids may be reluctant to take actions like these. In such a case as a parent or guardian, you need to put their social media under live observation. It can be done by using a powerful app called TheOneSpy.
TheOneSpy is loaded with 250 powerful features that put your teenager in 24/7 observation as you get an online observation portal shown in the following.