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How can you protect yourself from cyber-bullying, identity theft, stalkers?

 

Cyber-bullying: when a minor is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, or otherwise targeted by another minor (once adults become involved, it becomes cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking). In the past year, 43% of U.S. teens having experienced some form of cyber-bullying. There are two types of cyber-bullying: direct attacks (messages sent directly to minor) or cyber-bullying by proxy (using others to help cyber-bully, with or without the accomplice’s knowledge). Cyber-bullying is often motivated by anger, revenge, frustration, boredom, or insecurity. Educating children about the consequences and teaching them to respect others and take a stand against bulling can help prevent cyber-bullying. If it has already started, there are still things you can do. First, don’t respond or retaliate. This is what the bully wants. Instead, save the evidence and talk to a trusted adult. Block the bully, and whatever you do, don’t become the bully. Stay civil. Unfortunately, every cyber bully’s motives are different, so it is hard to determine a “one size fits all” response. However, if you take these steps, and seek help, an adult can help you analyze the problem and find a solution that fits.

Identity Theft: when someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for an economic gain. According to the FTC, 1 in 8 Americans has been affected by Internet identity theft in the last 5 years. On the internet, thieves can either grab information when it is being sent over an unsecured transmission, or they can install malicious software on your computer (like spyware) that will collect everything they need and send it back to them. To prevent identity theft, you should never give out financial or personal information over the phone or internet. You should commit all your passwords to memory and examine your credit reports often. You can also secure your web browser by doing things like blocking popups, sealing security gaps, and downloading a virus-scanning software for automatic updates. You can also protect your private data by deleting your internet history or emptying your recycling bin.

Stalkers: Cyberstalking is when someone stalks or harasses another individual, a group or individuals, or an organization through the Internet or by other electronic means. False accusations, attempts to gather information about the victim, encouraging others to harass the victim, false victimization, attacks on data and equipment, ordering goods and services, and arranging to meet are all key factors stalkers use to harass their victim. To protect yourself from cyber-stalking, you should never reveal your home address or social security number. Be suspicious of any incoming emails, telephone calls, or texts that ask you for your identifying information and check your credit report status regularly. Password protect all your accounts, and if you think you have a cyber-stalker, act fast. Make it clear to that person that you would not like to be contacted again or block them. Save all communications as evidence, and if harassment continues, contact the harasser’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) or your local police department and inform them of the situation in as much detail as possible. You can also contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline, at 800-799-SAFE.

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Sexting – The Updated Protocols

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