Learn to ignore trolls online

Kudos to the Sharjah police for saving a youngster from taking a drastic step because of the undue influence of social media (Alert cops rescue UAE-based Indian girl from trolls-driven suicide bid; KT Dec. 23). Youngsters especially are sensitive and tend to get affected by online trolling that can take a toll on mental health.
Defined as antagonising someone online through offensive comments or content, trolling is a vicious form of cyber-bullying. Surveys and studies are pointing that victims of trolling are likely to go into depression and are almost twice likely to commit suicide. We must not over-react to comments, use report/ block button, if required, and not respond to trolling. Ignorance, in this case, can be a bliss. Try it.
Jayashree Kulkarni, Abu Dhabi




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