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 Cyber Stalking






Cyber Stalking

Cyber stalking is a form of online harassment in which the perpetrator uses electronic communications such as social media to stalk a victim.
Cyber stalking is a form of online harassment in which the perpetrator uses electronic communications such as social media to stalk a victim. Cyberstalking is considered more dangerous than other forms of cyberbullying because it generally involves a credible threat to the safety of the victim.
 
Examples of cyber stalking are:
 
  • Sending manipulative, threatening, or harassing messages
  • Hacking into a victim’s social media accounts (such as banking or email) and changing the victim’s settings and passwords
  • Creating fake accounts on social networking and impersonating the victim or attempting to establish contact with the victim by using a false persona.
  • Posting messages to discussion groups with the victim’s personal information, such as home address, phone number or other personal information.
 
I am a victim of cyberstalking – how do I stop it?
 
  • Report the cyber stalking material to the social media service it happened on
  • Collect evidence of the cyberbullying material such as messages, screen shots and print conversations
  • Block the person
  • Talk to someone you trust straight away - like a parent, sibling, uncle/aunt, teacher or friend
  • Do not retaliate or respond as they might use it against you
 
How to prevent from being cyberstalked?
 
  • Be careful what personal information you share online
  • Create a different email account for registering in social networking sites and other online spaces.
  • Do not feel obligated to fill out all fields when registering online or provide identifying information such as birthdates and place in required fields.
  • In your online user profile, use a photo that does not identify you or your location
  • Consider using a name that is not your real name or a nickname as your email name, screen name or user ID.
  • Do not to use common dates such as your birthday as the digits in your email name or password.
  • If you are breaking up with an intimate partner – especially if they are abusive, troubled, angry or difficult – reset every single password on all of your accounts
  • Services such as Facebook change their privacy policy all the time, so it is a good idea to check your privacy settings to make sure you are sharing the information you want to share with people you trust and not the general internet public.