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Protecting Your Online Reputation: 4 Strategies for Responding to Online Harassment with Guaranteed Removals

Responding to Online Harassment
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    Online abuse is a prominent issue that affects individuals of all ages, and responding to online harassment can be both complex and time consuming. While today’s youth is often a subject of cyberbullying and online harassment, adults also report a lack of privacy and the ability to feel safe within social media communities.

    41% of US adults who use the internet have personally experienced online harassment, and 7 in 10 young people experience cyberbullying before they turn 18. While the internet is a great space for community building, it is also a place of fear for many.

    As a company that specializes in reputation management, we have seen firsthand the damaging effects of online harassment and the negative consequences individuals and businesses face. Whether it’s malicious comments on social media, negative reviews on review sites, or defamatory content on blogs and forums, online harassment can seriously damage your reputation and mental health.

    Guaranteed Removals has helped countless individuals and businesses remove damaging content from the internet and reclaim their online reputation. Here are some tips to help you do the same:

    Responding to Online Harassment

    Navigating uncomfortable situations can be challenging. If you or someone you know is being harassed online, take the time to respond to the situation accordingly. Take a deep breath and consider your options.

    1. Document and report the harassment: The first step in responding to online harassment is to document the harassment and report it to the relevant authorities, especially if the communication involves threats of bodily harm. Keep a record of all the harassment, including screenshots of the offending content, the date and time of the harassment, and any other relevant information. Report the offense to the social media platform or website where it occurred, and if necessary, report it to law enforcement.
    2. Don’t engage with the harasser: Engaging with the harasser will only escalate the situation and give them the attention they crave. Don’t respond to the harassment, and don’t retaliate. Instead, focus on taking action to have the offending content removed. Further contact with the harasser will often push them to disclosing personal information about you or people close to you. 
    3. Hire an online reputation management company: If the harassment is particularly damaging and widespread, you may want to consider hiring an online reputation management company like Guaranteed Removals. Our team of experts can help you remove damaging content from the internet, monitor your online reputation, and proactively protect your online reputation moving forward. We are here to support you and will make the entire process as smooth and as seamless as possible. 
    4. Take care of your mental health: Online harassment can take a toll on your mental health, so it’s important to take care of yourself. Individuals who have experienced harassment often have a greater risk of anxiety and depression. Seek support from friends, family, or a therapist, and practice self-care activities like exercise, meditation, or hobbies that bring you joy. 

    Taking the Necessary Precautions

    Online harassment is a global issue and has far-reaching effects among many online communities. At Guaranteed Removals we encourage our clients to take the necessary steps to protect themselves if they have experienced online slander, bullying, or character defamation. By documenting and reporting harassment, not engaging with negative threats, and seeking out industry-leading professionals, you can take back control of your online narrative.