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I recently was a member of another online mothers group. I joined looking for supportive people with a sense of humour. Mostly it was great, until a mother asked a question about leaving kids in the car. Now I am totally against this practice, and said so. I was polite about it too (for me this is pretty good!) Next thing there is literally a pack of women blastingmy every comment in the most vicious attack of bullying I have experienced since high school. After nearly a week of constant misery, it got to the point I did not want to even glance at facebook I was so upset. It suddenly dawned on me – I am an adult. I do not have to tolerate this. I removed myself from the group – problem solved. It made me think though, when we hear of teenagers being bullied, the most obvious solution doesn’t always come easily.


Posted by katelt, 29th February 2016


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  • By removing yourself from the site, you took back your power. So many times people take a submissive position rather than a position of strength. Life is too short to put up with bullies.

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  • I was on a game site years ago where we were a friendly lot of regular players & enjoyed our chats. Then this one particular person changed all that with her constant attacks on us all when we were in the chat room. It was no longer pleasant to be there but I was lucky enough to still keep in contact with the people I had befriended there through facebook & emails.

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  • I’m hearing you, i often think of deactivating facebook and ‘switching off’ as there is so much negativity and bullying

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  • I do find that people are far too quick to pass judgement and hurl abuse from the safety of their armchairs. Good on you for walking away.

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  • This sort of thing happens all the time, I am sure. These so called keyboard warriors are just insulting people because they know they can get away with it. I hope that one day these people will be held accountable for what they express on the net. Thank goodness we can just leave a group if we ever become the victim of cyber harrasment. Did you report the abuse to the admin of the group?

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  • Every single mothers/parenting related article posted on facebook seems to attract some bullies that pride themselves on social media attacks; there must be some very angry people out there that feel personally threatened or attacked to make the comments they do. Good for you to delete the negativity from your life, set yourself apart and know you are better than all that (rise above it).

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  • Online bullying is a huge concern nowadays. It’s shocking to know how prevalent it is even amongst so called adults

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  • well done for removing yourself its not nice when people attack you for asking a question

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  • Too many people feel they can say whatever they want these days with their keyboards at hand… I go by the practice that if I wouldn’t say it out loud to the person then don’t say it at all. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but need to realise that not everyone is going to have the same opinion and guess what THATS OK!

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  • Removing yourself from such filth is the way to go.

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  • BRAVO!-Sometimes removing yourself from a group is best thing you can do. I’m so over the opinionated keyboard warriors & trolls

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  • So sorry this happened to you. This is why I don’t feel I can join groups like that, too many people that enjoy putting others down. There’s a big difference between giving your honest opinion (like you did) and going way over the line, attacking people.

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  • If you knew the Mum’s details and she indiicated she left her child in the car, that is one instance where I would contact the Police. Members sould save that child’s life. No child deserves his/her life to be put in danger or suffer such illness it causes. It doesn’t say much for the others who bullied you either. You have to wonder if they mistreat their children too.

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  • As an adult you think the bullying is over but with online groups they can now hide and you have no idea who the bully is. It will not solve the problem of the bullies but will be better off for you as we have so many things in our lives we do not need the added stress of others.

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  • Many of the anti-childcare comments on this website would definately count as cyber bullying. People seem to get joy out of making comments about how nasty, horrible and negligent etc etc childcare centres are, without ever having used one themselves. Some people should think about the feelings of those who have to use childcare to make ends meet before going on a ridiculous rant

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