With the presence of trolls on social media becoming an increasing problem over the last few years, can enough be done to raise awareness and be kind online?
Today, November 9th, marks Social Media Kindness Day- a day that encourages toleration and kindness towards each other across various social media platforms.
It is also in memory of the late TV presenter Caroline Flack, who took her own life in February 2020, on what would have been her birthday.
— Social Media Kindness Day 🤟 9th November 🤟 (@smkindnessday) November 9, 2021
It is estimated that around one in five children aged 10 to 15 in England and Wales have experienced at least one form of online bullying in the year ending March 2020, according to the office for National Statistics.
Residents at Media City have shared their thoughts about online bullying and how to spread positivity.
“I’ve suffered with mental health and things like that. For me, it’s all about being positive and bringing positive vibes really.
“There’s no place for negativity on social media. It can have a really damaging impact on people without you realising it. So just think before you post.” Said one man.
Another person said: “I don’t try to comment any too controversial statements or anything that’s purposefully antagonistic because even if you’re trying to say something funny, its hard to read that inner written format or social media format without context or anything like that.”
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If you or anyone you know have been, or are being, harassed online contact Greater Manchester Police or call 101.
(infographic credit: Emmie Norton and information from Thrive Global