Bullying is not just a matter of working day
Anyone who thinks about bullying primarily gets incidents from everyday work into the Sense, The media are teaching us this perspective. For example, Klaus Werle published a collection of different stories from everyday office life under the title Pretty Best Enemies: Absurd from the Working World.
The ironic-sarcastic tone of the book, however, also has one thing: a true undertone, which many employees know well from everyday life. Nevertheless, the reports are growing that the topic of bullying is becoming increasingly topical in social networks.
Therefore I would like to invite you to look at the difficult topic more differentiated. In terms of the dictionary, bullying also means belonging to a specific group.
Anyone who thinks about social media as a generic term for social networks can not deny one thing: Social can, but does not have to mean, be social.
Contact of accounts?
Although crowdsourcing projects are also dedicated to social purposes, the new social is something else: Social in the sense of social media means contact among accounts.
In this sense, the word meaning of socially less on the coexistence and - acts of people or even the common good serving rather than an understanding of society, which is based on the different connections of users of computer-based networks.
Bullying as part of social?
If this idea is further developed, it also explains why bullying is part of social networks somewhere. If one frees the definition from the bound to work and understands it as an ongoing exclusion from certain persons, then the delimitation of others is a form of it, which would rather be called disfavor.
How I come to this thesis, which may be provocative on one or the other, I would like to explain in the second part of the text tomorrow.
Although bullying does not belong to social media, it is, of course, by exclusion of certain users from being linked to certain users and not all users, and the granting of permissions for certain content.
There must be no negative intention or a planned exclusion as motive, but the natural action of humans is to deal with the people who are important to them.
Bullying is still a serious phenomenon
In contrast to working life, social networks have a serious problem in dealing with bullying: the content is hard to track because they are bogged down by privacy, nicknames and the like. At the same time, I can report the content as a concerned person - delete it, however, beside the originator only the platform owner and that can take.
Last but not least, it is of course not unimportant to consider the operation of search engines and social networks. This includes - among other things - the regular reading and saving of data. As a result, pure deletion on the platform is no longer enough to permanently remove content.
4 tips against bullying
- Whoever is a victim of bullying should first seek out the conversation with the author and, in a compromise, consider the settlement of the dispute. This approach is especially better because it makes the future search for further content, which harms one's own self, unnecessary.
- Anyone who does not know this or has no opportunity to make contact must immediately contact the platform operator without undue delay and provide a detailed explanation of his criticism. There is usually an extra form for this in the help area. The latter can be somewhat hidden, but the search is worthwhile.
- If this does not react, you should consider placing an ad. The police can take the investigation after an ad with appropriate proofs - here are, for example, screenshots. At the latest, an IP address can be used to restrict the author and, at the same time, the neighboring law enforcement authorities, such as the prosecutor's office, can start work.
- At the core, however, de-escalating and resolute action. Do not rely on promises, but demand deeds. Anyone who takes this into account will be well aware of the medium-term consequences of bullying.
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