Trolling is when a user intentionally causes distress by posting inflammatory comments on a public forum.
You can protect yourself and others against trolling by taking the following actions:
Don't respond to nasty, immature or offensive comments. Giving trolls the attention they want only gives them more power.
Take away their power by blocking them. If they pop up under a different name, block them again.
Report trolls to site administrators. If they pop up under a different name, report them again. If they continue, contact the police.
If a troll upsets you, talk about it with friends and family and remember, it's not you, it's them.
if trolls are upsetting a friend, tell them to ignore, block and report. Tell their family and other friends and encourage them to seek support.
Need to talk?
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