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Cyber Stalking & Bullying Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization. Cyber Stalking includes: False accusations Monitoring your movement Damaging comments about you on social media Making threats and demands using email Damage to data or equipment Solicitation of minors or adults for sex Gathering information in order to harass Using your smart phone to follow you Using your email address to send emails Taking over your computer or router remotely to get information about you or annoy you
Protecting Yourself from Cyber Stalking: Use email addresses that don't include your real name. Use different email addresses for each social network you belong to. Use a nickname that your friends know on social networking sites. Do not use your real name on chat sites; use a pen name or handle. Use as little personal information as possible about yourself online. Use whatever privacy controls are available on sites you visit to limit disclosure of information about you. Think very carefully about the value of letting friends know where you are versus the value of that information falling into the wrong hands. If you know the name of sites that do the sort of "name searches" we mentioned, check if they offer an option to delist you, effectively excluding you from a search. You may also encounter services offering to get your name removed from many of these lists. They charge a fee and we are unable to recommend any of them. Don't accept online "follow" or "friend" invitations unless you know them or have checked them out. Remember when you go into a chat room, you don't know who other visitors really are, and there will be "lurkers" you never see, watching the conversations. If you can, ignore non-threatening (emphasis on "non-threatening") messages and comments. Don't reply to their emails. You might have to do this for an extended time before an online stalker gives up. Don't use threats or aggression in response. It doesn't work and, again, it gives controlling types a sense of victory. Don't respond to suggestive comments, even if it seems just a bit of fun. Report any harassment to the operator of the site where it happened. Consider changing your screen name or, in extreme cases, even closing your accounts and abandoning the troublesome sites altogether. If you receive threatening emails, or a flood of emails, save them possible legal action. For online dating sites, use the email and chat system provided by the dating site. If you are breaking up with someone and no longer want to pursue the relationship, you may want to change your passwords and secret questions online. Conduct a thorough search of your name and phone number to see what others will find out about you and to make sure no one has made a site with your name on it. Don’t trust the Caller ID on your phone, as it can be spoofed. Insist on calling the bank directly at the number you find online or in your bank or utility records. Never, ever give out your social security number; be careful about giving your date of birth If you think you are a target, have your pc checked by a professional. Get lots of emotional support to handle cyberstalking and don’t be afraid to contact law enforcement and take legal action. If you receive an unwanted or troubling email, immediately ask the sender to stop and block their email address. If on a dating site, contact the administrators to let them know. You can also contact a stalker’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) since most have clear policies prohibiting use of their services to harass others. Take cyber stalking seriously and take action promptly if you are being stalked or bullied.
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