Facebook offers cyberbullying prevention advice

Facebook's European director of public policy, Richard Allan, has written a blog post to address the slowly growing problem of cyberbullying on the service. It coincides with National Anti-Bullying Week in the UK, and BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, and websites like Bebo, Habbo, MSN, MySpace and YouTube have teamed up to try and deal with the issue.

For its part, Allan has offered five tips to users to prevent them from being a victim of aggressive wall posts and chats. Firstly, only accept friend requests from people who are your friends. Secondly, use the Block feature to deal with people who you don't want seeing your profile.

Thirdly, Allan recommends that you report any abusive behaviour to administrators, and also says that you should customise your privacy settings so that you're in control of your info, and just delete posts you don't like - because bullies often just want a reaction.

Oh, and if there's someone posting messages to you that you don't like, Allan says that "you should consider removing the sender from your friends list". Seems simple enough, but could easily be forgotten in the heat of the moment.

Have you had a cyberbullying issue that you've successfully resolved? Share your tips for combating online bullies in the comments below.

 



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