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Social Media and Bullying: The Best Tips for Teens in the 21st Century

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Social Media and Bullying: The Best Tips for Teens in the 21st Century

It’s not easy to be a teenager in this day and age. When you come home from school, you are still connected to everyone you know, and social media gives everyone a way to communicate with you constantly, see what you’re doing, and often say cruel and harsh things. This is not an easy thing to deal with. There are ways to make it a little easier though. There are things you need to remember as a teen so that you will not get caught up in cyber bullying.

Limit Your Social Media Time

I know it can be addicting, but you should limit your time on social media. The best way to go about doing this is to fill your life with other activities. You won’t be able to look at Snapchat if you are going for a run. You won’t be able to browse Tumblr if you are reading a paper book at the library. You won’t feel the need to sit around on Facebook looking at photos of your friends if you are with your friends at the coffee shop. Get involved with other activities, and stay active.

Focus on Your Own Self-Esteem

It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about what other people think of you. But part of being a teenager is discovering what kind of person you want to be as an adult. Make a list of 25 things you like about yourself and 25 things you would like to accomplish in the future. Hang the list on your wall or somewhere else you can easily see it. Anytime someone says something negative to you, go back to your list.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

You want to become friends with people who will encourage you and uplift you, not people who will tear you down and discourage you or make you feel bad about yourself. The best way to meet positive people is to engage in positive activities. Join a team sport or an after school club. Accomplishing something with a group of people will help you to become the type of friends who encourage each other.

Do Not Engage with Bullies and Trolls

Some people on the internet just love to say negative and destructive things. You should not take it personally, and above all, you should not engage with these people. Completely ignore them. Block them. Delete their comments. Act like they have had zero impact on you and soon, that will be the truth.

Being a teenager today is difficult. The best thing that you can do is to work on your own self-image, your own level of confidence. If you have a strong sense of self, you will not feel so affected by the comments of others, especially on the internet.

 

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