If you’ve taken a trip to the comment section of any website lately chances are you’ve run into some nastiness.

Sure, the Internet and social media have made it easier to connect to one another, but it’s also made it easier to spew hate—and do it under the veil of anonymity.

As we’ve seen by the rash of teen suicides in the early 2000s and the growth of cyber-bullying cases in court—digital vitriol is at an all time high and kids aren’t the only ones affected by it, adults are bullies and victims as well.

Since staying off the Internet isn’t an option in the 21st century super connected world we’ve devised three tips that can help you keep your sanity while navigating through all the negative chatter online.

Danielle and Aisha Moodie-Mills are executive producers and co-hosts of Politini, a weekly politics and pop culture show covering the personal side of politics every Thursday 8pm EST on Blis.Fm. Follow their musings at facebook.com/Politini and subscribe to their podcast.