How can I become an active bystander online? And how can I create safe, online spaces?
We often find ourselves in situations where we have a gut feeling that something is off, or something is not right. With everything going virtual, this may present itself in an online post or during a zoom session.
In this stage of OBSERVANCE, you may ask yourself "Is there a problem?" or "do I have a responsibility to ACT?" With those questions in mind, take into account what you initially observe, and asses what those observations could indicate:
taking into account your own identities and checking your implicit biases;
conducting your own research; and
thinking critically about the way you can support those around you.
Virtual spaces have increased the ways that we connect in our different range of relationships. As we explore these avenues, it is imperative we increase our awareness of the ways that bullying, harassment, and abuse will also evolve with technology.
Here are a few ways you can create safe, online spaces:
Educate yourself through online research or Student Wellness workshops and events
Monitor social climates through your social media and online news sources
Reach out to students and local organizations for ways you can be helpful and supportive to your virtual community
Speak to those around you to make sure that they're doing okay
For additional information, reach out to email@example.com or visit https://safe.unc.edu/ .