Let’s talk about cyberbullying

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This topic is one I’ve been looking forward to discussing because it’s so close to my heart. It’s an emotional one, but sometimes that happens!

In this episode of Be the change, I’m chatting with the wonderful Katrina Young about cyberbullying and more specifically, the depression and other mental health issues caused by it.

Be the change is a mini-series here on The Simply Smart Business Show where I get down to it with leaders in the online business world to talk about the problems facing our industry today and (most importantly) how we can create the changes we want to see.

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Takeaways from this show:

  • Often when you’re spending time in the online world, you can really read into posts and worry about what you’ve done to cause it, but the reality is that you may not have the issue. It might be someone else projecting on you. Or it might not be about you at all!
  • Katrina and I have both experienced cyberbullying, and for both of us it sneaked up on us. It started with someone in a similar industry who seemed to jump on our every post and undermine us. Cyberbullying does not always involve someone being overtly hostile.
  • It can feel like we’re fighting twice as hard just to be seen, and sometimes it can feel like you should just go home. If you have a troll confirm those fears, it’s a lot to deal with emotionally.
  • When you start to feel that being online is impacting your mental health, it’s time to take a break.
  • So often you can feel like you’re being targeted when in reality, a lot of people don’t even mean it. When we’re selling our business and ourselves online we’re seen as a product. When you’re seen as a product, a thing, people don’t care how they make you feel behind the scenes. You need to desensitise yourself to that. Ignore them. Block them. Move away.
  • Even if we are supposed to be a business and a brand, this stuff hurts. We put our heart and soul into everything.
  • Even without the cyberbullying component, build a business can stir up some mental health problems. It’s not all unicorns and sparkles. There are hard moments and it’s our responsibility to share that, alongside the moments of success. Not sharing the “down” of the ups and downs creates unreal expectations.
  • Tip: build mental health time into your diary.
  • Personal responsibility and clear communication make all the difference.
  • Self-awareness starts with you, so if you do see cyberbullying taking place, what kind of person do you want to be? And I’m not saying this to put them down, but what action do you take? Do you jump on board? Do you defuse it?

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More on Katrina here:

Katrina is an award-winning Digital Marketing Specialist & Business Solutions Technologist specialising in Business Strategy – Demand/ Lead Generation & Sales Marketing Funnels. She’s also a Virgin Business Mentor.

After a successful career in project management and marketing, Katrina now consults, trains and coaches agencies, corporations and business owners with in-house solutions and strategy to audit and build automated and active sales funnels, lead systems and client acquisition funnels.

You can find out more about her here.

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