Cyberbullying

 http://www.safetyweb.com/

After reading the article “From Sexting To Cyberbullying, how can parents protect their kids online?” written by Janice: http://www.5minutesformom.com/27336/sexting-to-cyberbullying-how-parents-protect-kids-online-safety-web/  .  I was inspired to include some information from the SafetyWeb site to raise awareness with my readers.  There a few terms that I hadn’t heard of until now!  (yes, I’m no longer very young 🙂 )

Cyberstalking:

“Indeed, cyberstalking may take many forms, and in some cases, victims are not fully aware that what they are experiencing is, in fact, considered cyberstalking. Your child may be a victim of cyberstalking if they:

Receive multiple emails or text messages per day
Receive unsolicited threatening emails and/or death threats
Receive electronic viruses
Receive extreme amounts of spamming
Experience sexual harassment or sexting via online posts, emails or cell phones, including posting and/or creating sexually explicit images
Experience online harassment or cyberbullying within online chat rooms or forum posts
Find their personal information like phone numbers, email addresses, and street addresses posted without their consent
Have an email or cell phone account that has been hacked
Are subscribed to pornography and unwanted advertising without their knowledge or consent [6]

By further abusing technology, cyberstalkers may also:

  • Monitor a victim’s online activities via Spyware; (Stalkers can install Spyware on a computer or cell phone without even having physical access to the device). [18]
  • Track the location of the victim using GPS technology;
  • Intercept phone calls or messages;
  • Impersonate the victim; and
  • Watch the victim through hidden cameras. [5]”

Sexting:

““Sexting” is a relatively new term used for the act of sending a sexually suggestive or explicit text message (AKA texting, SMS, MMS) to someone else.  In most instances, the intended recipient is a current or prospective boyfriend or girlfriend.  These messages may vary from simple text, to photos, or even short videos sent from a mobile phone to either another phone and/or email account.

References to sexting in mainstream society only date back to 2006.  It is a newer concept that appears to be directly correlated with the emergence of faster mobile networks, more sophisticated phones (with photo and video cameras and different messaging options), and the increasing availability of these networks and devices to teens.”

Why SafetyWeb?

– 42% of kids report being bullied online
– Know about your kid’s online friends
– Help protect your child online

You may want to do a little more research into this matter!  I know that the article I read, and the site that I visited has got me thinking (and worrying).  It’s clear that I need to be more informed in order to protect my daughter from what can happen online.  I would suggest visiting http://www.5minutesformom.com and reading their article!


Related Resources
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