When someone mentions a ‘troll,’ what springs to mind?
A) an unwanted guest
B) a creepy toy for children
C) a little from column A, a little from column B
No matter which ‘troll’ pops to mind, we can probably all agree they’re no fun to have around.
What is trolling?
Just like the troll wreaking havoc in the Hogwarts bathroom, internet trolls are in it for the chaos. The main purpose of trolling is to stir up trouble and get reactions from other people. Chances are, trolls don’t really even believe what they’re saying – they just want to cause a little mayhem.
This can mean anything from luring people into silly, meaningless discussions (can someone please clarify if drop bears are real?) to posting purposely offensive, controversial or ignorant opinions (think: ‘I’m not racist, but…’).
Is trolling cyberbullying?
Trolling and cyberbullying are similar because they both happen online and cause harm to others. However, a cyberbully’s main goal is to put the spotlight on someone else by hurting them. Trolls, on the other hand, want to be the star of the show. They don’t usually care who it is they offend, annoy or upset. So long as someone is biting back, they’re happy.
Trolling means only one person is LOLing
If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of a noogie, you’ll know that even comments that are meant to be funny can really hurt. Trolls might view their posts as ‘harmless fun’, but they can still upset people. While that’s different from cyberbullying, it’s still not okay.