Women and girls are both the targets and scapegoats of online harassment; we’re singled out and then victim-blamed as though we asked to be persecuted. The cycle has been vicious and endless, but not anymore. It’s time for us to take control and put an end to the attacks on women online.
Online, women are subjected to harassment, violence, oppression, and just generally uncomfortable situations that few (if any) men have to deal with. The Economist Intelligence Unit conducted a study reporting that 85% of women worldwide had witnessed online violence against other women. In the EU alone, 10% of women report having experienced cyber-harassment since age 15.
How to Protect Yourself from Social Media Harassment
The most frequent social media users worldwide are 15-year-old girls, and unfortunately, this is also the age at which most girls report their first encounter with online harassment. While young girls typically learn better strategies for managing online harassment as they age and continue using social media, 42% of women’s behavioral response toward harassment is still simply to ignore it.
Specific detailed Features to Keep You Safe (Read More: Women's Guide To Cyber Safety 2022)
- Social Media Best Practices
- Facebook and Instagram
- How can You Safely Share Photos
- How to Use Messaging Apps Safely
- Signal: The Safest Messaging App
- How to Safely Use Online Forums
- How to Handle Virtual Workplace Harassment
- Online Gaming Harassment Towards Women
- How You Can Prevent and Stop Hacking and Doxxing
- What You Can Do as a Parent
- Key Takeaways for Women to Stay Safe Online