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Most people think of 50 Cent as a tough guy, able to take a shot (or nine) and come out on the other side. But the hip hop mogul has just revealed he was the victim of cyber bullying.  Cyber bullying has escalated into a major problem, sometimes prompting its victims to commit suicide.

During an interview with theGrio about Season 2 of his show Dream School, 50 Cent talked about his own experiences with cyber bullying.

It’s happened more than once to the Grammy winning artists on his social media platforms. It got so out of hand, he deactivated them.

“I’ve had to develop a defense mechanism to people saying things that I don’t agree with about my personality,” 50 Cent said.

“When you’re a public figure, you’re public property for them to say these things to you. Online, how many times have you seen people make comments that weren’t called for?  It’s just what they’re conditioned for. It’s a place to vent for them because they don’t mean very much in our traditional social environment. The new social networking allows them to say things to you that they wouldn’t say to your face. There’s so many areas that you can look at now that would be considered bullying.”

If you find yourself being bullied as did 50, you can also turn off your social media accounts. But there are other steps you can take to try and get the bullying to stop.

First understand what cyber bullying is. “Cyber bullying often takes the form of one person harassing another through emails, instant messages, text messages or other modes of electronic communication,” reports Wiki How.

You are being cyber bullied if you are receiving one or more of the these types of messaging: Hateful or threatening messages that include name-calling, efforts to control your behavior by threatening to expose embarrassing information and/or threats of violence; embarrassing or threatening photos or videos; massive amounts of emails, messages or texts, whether or not they are threatening in nature; and lies about you. Notice in this definition that age doesn’t matter. You can be young or older.

Next, take action. Stop responding to the bully’s messages. “Bullies want to elicit a reaction from their targets, so firing back a text will only make things worse,” reports WikiHow.

Don’t bully back. This will only escalate the matter.

Keep records of the bullying. “File away every email, text, instant message, web address, and other evidence you collect from the bully. Record the time and date that each message was sent. Having as much information as possible about the bully’s behavior will help you determine how to stop his or her behavior,” reports WikiHow.

Don’t give the bully access.Immediately put an end to the bully’s most invasive threats by blocking that person from direct communication with you,” reports WikiHow. And the Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the StopBullying.gov website, advises that you contact your Internet service provider as well as any social media site operators where the bullying is happening to let them know that the person who’s harassing you is breaking any rules outlined in the site’s terms and conditions.

Also change your account settings. You may also want to consider changing your screen name and other online identification.

Contact your local police department. Many police departments now have cyber crime units.  Or go higher. The FBI also investigates cyber crimes against individuals.

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