Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Psychological armour

Resilience is the ability to cope with life’s challenges.

Resilient people don’t necessarily experience less challenges than other people, but they do believe they have the capacity to cope with them.

Resilience can be built and can change over time. You can build your confidence and resilience by handling situations effectively and developing skills and strategies that protect and promote your wellbeing.



Skills and Strategies

There are a number of ways you can respond to cyber abuse. It will often depend on the circumstances and how you are feeling.

Women Influencing Tech Spaces wants to empower you with skills and strategies for coping with cyber abuse. Let’s build your psychological armour.

Remember your strengths

Don’t let the opinions of others define your self-worth. Remind yourself of your best qualities and attributes.

Pause and reflect

Cyber abuse can be overwhelming. Give yourself space and time so that you respond rather than react.

Maintain perspective

While the situation may seem challenging in the moment, remember to focus on the big picture and your main priorities in life

Acknowledge your feelings

You’re allowed to be upset. But try not to deplete your emotional strength by defending yourself against every unwarranted attack. Question whether this is worth your time and energy.

Surround yourself with supportive people

Or build a supportive network. You don’t need to handle this on your own. Talk with family, friends, peers and mentors who may be best placed to help. Consider professional support, if needed.

Be kind to yourself

Practice self-care through leisure, exercise, good nutrition, adequate sleep, meditation and other relaxation techniques.

Create a safe space offline

Go for a walk, catch up with a friend or read a book. Consider turning off notifications at night or during periods when you want to disconnect.

Stay positive

Emotional reactions can feed the trolls. Don’t be afraid to respond to negative comments with a positive attitude. Set the standard for positive online behaviour by communicating with respect, tolerance and empathy.

Be prepared

Clarify your thoughts and be informed on issues so that you are better prepared to take part in online discussions.

Be confident and assertive

In your beliefs, opinions and values. Don’t be afraid to advocate for your beliefs and opinions online. Stay true to your character and your sense of right and wrong.

Be a role model

You can gain a sense of purpose by knowing that you’re contributing to an improved online world for other women.

Support other women

Help other women when they experience abuse online by safely speaking up or showing other forms of support.