Trolling is a form of cyberbullying, but trolling in particular is used to irritate communities, fans of celebrity targets or people who hold specific beliefs. The seemingly anonymous nature of the internet allows trolls to operate without fear of punishment.
Trolling is defined by Urban Dictionary as : The deliberate act, (by a Troll – noun or adjective), of making random unsolicited and/or controversial comments online to provoke a reaction or to start a fight or argument.
What You Need to Know
Research completed by youth charity vInspired found:
The Effects of Trolling on Children and Young People
Research conducted in 2018 for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) found the following impacts of trolling:
How to Talk to Children and Young People About Trolling
It is important that you know how to approach the subject of trolling if young people in your care are the victim or the perpetrator of trolling. Supporting a child to overcome bullying can help build their resilience.
If a child or young person in your care is the victim of trolling:
If a child or young person in your care is trolling someone:
Trolling and cyberbullying remain a persistent problem in the online world, so it’s important to take active steps to educate and protect yourself so that you can protect the children and young people in your care.
For more information and support, check out Action for Children.