Voted Best Sexual Harassment Training Solution in 2020 by The Balance SMB

Social Media Harassment in the Workplace

EasyLlama’s engaging and effective training covers and explains what is social media harassment, with bite-sized episodes and real-life examples that people can relate to.

Sign Up For A Free Demo

Get Your Organization Trained Today

Social Media Harassment

The majority of employees have no idea how social media platforms can lead to discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The new advanced technologies allow employees to share information through computers, smart phones, and tablets. The more technology advances, the higher the rate of cyber bullying. Social media harassment causes misunderstanding between employers, employees, third parties, and contractors.

The employees use social media platforms for messages, emails, snap chat, and LinkedIn to harass or intimidate each other. For instance, an employee can send an offensive or abusive message, comment, or image to a fellow employee using social networking sites.

Employees should know that using electronic devices to send offensive information to fellow employees, whether on or off duty, result in workplace harassment. Employers should enforce policies that will help in reducing cyber bullying. They are held liable in case they fail to stop any form of social media harassment, whether they use electronic devices from work or not, and the employer was aware of it from the beginning or not. The electronic devices include tablets, computers, smart phones, or laptops.

EasyLlama is a training company that helps you comply with all the laws of the state to offer online training to both the employers and employees on how to identify and prevent social media harassment in the workplace. We also help the employer to implement the policies that prevent different forms of harassment.

Example of Social Media Platform Harassment in the Workplace

Social media Harassment occurs in various companies. Employees should know the type of social media harassment and try to minimize them. Employers should introduce training programs that help employees learn the forms of social media harassment found at the workplace and how to prevent them. They should also learn the different measures to take when facing cyber bullying. Some of the examples of social media harassment at the workplace include:

Virtual harassment

Virtual Harassment

Virtual harassment occurs when an employer, supervisor, employee, or co-worker send offensive comments or messages to another colleague through social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Clouds

Cyber Stalking

A situation where a co-worker harasses another employee by following everything he or she does on a social website or blog posts. A group of workers can also create a blog post or website for harassing other employees.

Internet stalking
Sexting

Sexting

It happens when an employee sends video or photos using electronic Media to another employee, but the recipient felt offensive.

Textual Harassment

A situation when an employee intimidates harasses, and send inappropriate messages to a fellow employee.

Textual harassment

Ways of Preventing Social Media Harassment

Employees should know that a face to face offensive communication affects a person the same way as communicating through social networking sites. Prevention of online harassment requires more effort because you are dealing with the harasser indirectly.


Employers need to introduce policies that prohibit online harassment in the workplace. They should also organize training programs to help employees understand the types of online harassment and measures taken to reduce them. Some of the preventive measures include:

1. Implementation of Strong Policies

Employers or companies should enforce clear policies that help in regulating all the conducts related to social media harassment. The employees must also understand and be willing to work following the rules and regulations. The regulations include:

  • Prohibition of employees' online harassment under any circumstances
  • Employees should also know all forms of harassment via electronic communication
  • Let employees know communication between two employees has no privacy
  • The policies also remind the employees that all forms of harassment are unlawful and may lead to job termination
  • Conduct employees training to help them understand the policies

2. Report any Social Media Harassment

Employees should not fear to report any social media harassment. Employers should inform the employees that there is no retaliation in case they report electronic harassment. You should also block any account that the harasser is using and report it to the social media platforms through the reporting channels offered by the necessary platforms. Before reporting the account, you should avoid exchanging words or sending an offensive message.

In case the situation escalates, and you cannot maintain your silence, positively answer them. You should also file a report to the police in case the person does not stop. Ensure you screenshot the offensive information and use it as evidence.

How EasyLlama can help

We have created training modules that your employees will actually enjoy.

  • We Have Your Back

    Our training is fully compliant and created by HR experts. We make courses that exceed state and federal requirements so you can rest at ease.

  • Designed For A Mobile Workforce

    We understand that people are busy. Our lessons can be completed on your own schedule and on any device, including smartphones and tablets.

  • Real-Time Tracking & Reporting

    We make tracking progress and course completion easy, as well as certifying employees across all functions and locations.

Get Started

Discover why amazing companies trust us with their sexual harassment training.

  • Free Preview

  • Mobile-friendly

  • Fully Compliant