Reporting harassment on social media platforms or websites can help to take that content down faster. This is a good reason why it is helpful to engage other people in this process. On our storytelling platform, bystanders can receive help requests to report content on social media. People experiencing online harassment may include links to the abusive content so you can directly help report it. They can also add usernames or hashtags.
We have created these Online Safety Guides that break down how to report harassment on each platform.
Documenting harassment can be triggering and exhausting experience for those that are going through it. You can help people experiencing online abuse by monitoring abuse, taking a screenshot on your computer, cell phone, or a similar electronic device, and then writing down:
- The specific date and time of the harassment
- Which platform you found it on (ex. Twitter, YouTube, etc.)
On our platform, people experiencing online abuse are encouraged to include what platforms they would like people to help them document harassment, whether there are any hashtags, content, mentions, etc.
The more details and information you provide the person being harassed, the more useful it will be if they need to take action in the future. Learn more about the importance of documentation here.