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Tip #22 Cyberbullying: How to Get Help

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Cyberbullying doesn’t end at high school graduation. It can continue in college, too. You’d think that people who bully would grow out of this behavior, but college is a high-stress place. Tiffs between ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends can spiral out of control. Rifts among roommates or between athletic teams and individual players at other schools can escalate to the virtual world.

One common arena for cyberbullying is social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other services provide easy opportunities for students to spread negativity and put personal vengeances into action. Cyberbullying can also happen via email, text messages, and embarrassing images and videos posted online.

Negative emotions and fear grow and take on a life of their own through manifestation on the Internet, as seen most tragically with the cyberbullying situation that involved Rutgers student Tyler Clementi in fall 2010. Mental and emotional-based cyberbullying acts may set the stage for other acts of aggression, such as physical bullying or even school shootings.

If you are a witness of cyberbullying, speak out for the victim and try to put an end to it. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, or if you are the victim and don’t feel safe speaking up, contact a trusted authority, such as a parent or school official, who can help put an end to the bullying. For more signs and prevention of cyberbullying, see this government website on cyberbullying.

At Fordham University, we maintain an office that specifically handles complaints about discrimination, which may involve acts of cyberbullying. Other supports include the University’s Integrity Hotline. Fill out a report about cyberbullying, and it will be directed to the appropriate office–be it the University Information Security Office, the Office of Public Safety, or somewhere else–for addressing your situation.

Finally, if you have engaged in cyberbullying, it can be helpful to talk to a counselor or trusted adult to help you sort out the reasons behind this behavior. Fordham has resources for that, too.

By Nicole Kagan, Fordham IT News Editor.

Tip #1 | Spam: Report and Delete!

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Did you know that if you click “unsubscribe” on some messages in your inbox, you might unwittingly share your email address with another email list? You’ll end up getting more spam, instead of less. The best way to deal with those messages is to send them to your spam folder and then delete them.

Most email clients, including Fordham Gmail, offer you the option to report as spam the unwanted emails sent to your inbox. When you report a message as spam or junk, you’re training your email filter to send similar unwanted emails to the spam folder the next time. Do check your spam folder at least once a month to make sure legitimate emails haven’t slipped in there. Here’s how to report spam in your Gmail.

At Fordham University, students benefit from Google’s spam filtering. Read more about creating filters for Gmail.

In addition to Google’s spam filter, Fordham faculty and staff receive protection from Proofpoint. This email security solution filters spam and traps email that contain malware or is from senders “phishing” for personal information. More information about Proofpoint, including how-to videos for creating filters, is located on the Fordham IT web page, Spam Management and Email Filters.

Stay tuned for more tips throughout October, which is Cyber Security Month.