For most people, Facebook is a fun place to check up on friends, mingle with relatives from all over the world, and even make new connections for friendship and business. Most people enjoy checking into their accounts regularly and some even get alerts to their cell phones whenever something new has been posted for them. Unfortunately, for others Facebook bullying ruins the entire experience.
The Age Factor
Kids under the age of 13 are not supposed to be mixing and mingling on Facebook, but it is a well known fact that many below that age have accounts. Some have the blessing of their parents to be there while others are breaking the rules at home as well as on the site to keep their accounts. If you are one of those underage users, what do you do when you experience Facebook bullying?
Sadly, Facebook bullying is becoming more prominent as teenagers and younger kids log on and invite all of their friends to do so as well. When a friendship ends, a fight breaks out, or a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship ends, Facebook can become the center of teasing, harassment, and even account hijacking and impersonations.
Kids under the age of 13 who are not supposed to have an account often feel like there is nothing they can do, especially if they don't want to admit to their parents that they have a Facebook account.
Unfortunately, even grown adults experience Facebook bullying at some points. This could be someone stalking your page, posting unwanted comments on your page, or sending you private messages with disturbing content.
No matter how old you are or your children may be when Facebook bullying comes into your home, there are some things you can do to bring a stop to it and possibly seek punishment for those doing the bullying.
Don't be afraid to let your Facebook bully know that you do not want any further messages from this. This typically works if you don't know the person stalking your account or posting the messages. If it is someone known and you don't want to fan the flames and make them even more upset with you, then skip to the next steps.
If your page is not already private, go into your privacy settings immediately and make your page and all photos or videos on your page private. Remove the bully from your friends list if they are still on there.
You should also go to the bully's page and block them directly from accessing your page. You do this by scrolling down their page, looking for the link that says "report/block this person." This link will be in blue just below their friends list on their wall.
Once blocked, that person will not even be able to see your page if they search for you again. Your page essentially becomes a ghost to them.
Sometimes just blocking a bully from accessing your page is not enough. There have been recent cases of bullies setting up bogus Facebook pages with a victim's name and doing other potentially harmful things.
This is why it is important to get help! Kids should let parents know immediately when they experience any type of Facebook bullying. Parents should befriend their children on the site or keep searching to make sure their younger children have not secretly set up their own accounts.