Social School 101 is raising awareness on cyber stalking which is the use of technology to stalk victims. It is a terrible thought but many times a victim is being followed, spied on, or harassed online. Educating teenagers and college students about the dangers of cyber stalking is important to their safety. Many adults are also victims and sadly are not aware of the danger signs of cyber stalking and how it occurs.
Teenagers are susceptible because they share so much information online and because this is the age they engage exclusively on social networks. Similar to cyber bullying, stalking can occur 24/7 since the Internet is always available. Cyber stalking occurs when someone is stalked then threatened on the Internet, computer, or cellphone. It can occur in many different ways and teens and adults need to recognize the signs to protect themselves.
12 Warning Signs Of Cyber Stalking
- A teen/adult receives persistent emails or multiple text messages in a day.
- They find their personal information posted online without their consent: photos, phone number, email, or home address.
- Someone impersonates them online by posting messages as your teen/adult.
- A potential stalker is highly inquisitive about the victims personal life wanting to know where they go, where they live, or what their interests are.
- Stalkers know when the victim is online, sending emails, or posting. They are lurking online and waiting on the Internet.
- They send threatening emails or leave abusive and inappropriate comments.
- Your teen/adult receives an electronic virus.
- Stalkers harass them online in forums, chat rooms, or by text messaging.
- A victim may suddenly subscribed to pornography sites without their consent.
- Their location is tracked from a social platform or geo-tagging.
- Your teen/adult has their activities monitored by hidden cameras.
- The victim receives unsolicited or inappropriate gifts
Raising Awareness About Cyber Stalking With Teens
You may be wondering why you should have this conversation about such a serious concern with your teenager. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the age category most at risk for stalking is 18-24. If you have a teen preparing for college, they should know the warning signs for cyber stalking.
Just like cyber bullying you must keep all forms of communication as evidence. Finally, they must alert an authority or police department and make them aware of the threatening behavior.
Have you had a conversation with your teen about cyber stalking? Please share these warning signs so others can be aware of the dangers of cyber stalking.