Cyber stalking is just like stalking in real life, as people can stalk you in the cyber world as well.
What is cyberstalking?
- A cyber stalker harasses his or her victims online and causes them to feel scared or fearful.
- Online stalkers or cyber stalkers use the internet or another form of electronic communication persistently to cause another person to feel apprehension or fear.
- Online stalking is serious and should be referred to the police or independent legal advisors.
Why has cyberstalking become such a problem?
When we are connected to the internet, we are not just connected to the friends we know from school or our family in another place, but we are open to a big world that can’t be seen, and that world includes some untrustworthy strangers.
Online stalking is less likely among young children as they are not usually involved in online social networking or other websites that involve direct interaction with other people. For young children, general internet safety tips are a good starting point in helping them to develop appropriate online etiquette and to learn appropriate responses to negative contact from others.
Older children may become more interested in websites and gaming sites that allow direct interaction with others including teens and adults.
Remember the following 3 Ws:
Who? Who is asking for this information?
Do we really know them or could they be pretending to be someone else?
What? What are they asking for?
STOP if it is your personal information.
Why? Why do they need it?
Most people don’t NEED to know your personal information. You should always tell your parents if someone is asking for it. They will know whether or not you should give it out.
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