Since the entry of internet, digital harassments have been commonplace, perhaps due to anonymity and simplicity of the internet.
The ground rule is that online harassments are not OK, in the same way we should not accept them in a physical setting.
All types of harassment that takes place within the education or workplace are not acceptable and should not pass uncommented. It does not matter if it’s in the classroom, break room or in the digital sphere. Speak up if you experience harassment, either directly to the harasser or get support.
Things to consider when working or studying at a distance
- It can get lonely – make sure to be extra inclusive and make sure everyone gets invitations to online study sessions and breaks.
- Everyone’s going through challenging times. Be extra patient and understanding for people you met in the digital sphere.
- Everyone is not a techie and many may be new to platforms and tools– help each other and be patient.
- Beware of the weight of your written language. When we meet in person, it’s easier avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations. When we only have our words, make sure that your message is friendly and clear.
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