Reality star Rob Kardashian is under fire after writing a series of heated Tweets about a woman who he claims cheated on him with 20 different men. Whoa there! We def have to say something about this…
The woman is presumed to be Brit songstress Rita Ora, to whom the reality star has been linked over the past few months. We understand Rob’s frustration with a failed relationship, but when #RitaWhora began trending shortly after his rant, he began to deny airing out Rita after realizing what his actions led to.
According to MTV’s A Thin Line, digital disrespect is the spreading of negative or embarrassing dirt — true or untrue — about someone online. Tweeting emo Taylor Swift lyrics is one thing (“We are never, ever, ever getting back together!”), but sharing the intimate details of someone’s personal life is another. Even jokes or sarcasm can be easily misinterpreted through a computer screen.
+ 5 ways to draw your line between digital use & abuse
- Unhide. If you wouldn’t say it to a person’s face, don’t say it online or text it.
- Disengage. If someone’s talking about you, don’t respond—everything you say just fuels the fire. In this case, silence is golden.
- Secure your stuff. Find the privacy settings for all the networks you’re part of, and use them. They’re there for a reason.
- Save everything. If you’re being harassed online, save the messages, posts, comments, etc. so that you can back up requests for blocking or even a protective order (should it come to that).
- Know your legal rights.
There’s a very thin line between what’s okay and what’s not, but the general rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t say it in person, you shouldn’t say it online. It’s totally normal to hit a bump in the road (or two) after a break up, but let’s just say there are better ways to handle it than a Twitter tirade. Take action below to learn more about digital abuse and how to handle it.
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