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Back In The Day
I come from a time when most everyone online was FRIENDLY. Boy. those days are gone. I'm referring to the late 90's. Why was it friendlier? Because the only one's that had computers were ADULTS. High speed internet then smart phones accelerated the billions of internet users. In the USA 83 million people have smart phones and nearly everyone has an opinion. Now, with just a click of a mouse, millions of opinions are shared every second. Because of the friendly atmosphere I was used to online. I was unprepared for a barrage of unfriendly people. I had no idea that people used the net for vicious purposes. I sure learned a lot and quickly. New lingo, screen shots, photoshopping (not by me), hacking (again not by me). I learned how people can delete what you posted and change it to something shocking. I learned the hard way but it didn't stop me from having a presence. I'm much more aware and leery now. I realize that we are in a "Comment Culture".

C.B. News

Cyber Awareness Month
Website Cyber Bullying
In the most extreme cases of cyber bullying, many kids are going to the trouble of building entire websites from scratch in order to use them to humiliate another individual. A common method for doing this is to buy a URL from godaddy.com that humiliates the target (such as www.lisaisugly.com) then fill it with unkind postings and photos (Photoshopping a person into uncompromising positions is a highly used form of cyber bullying) then spreading word about the site to others via email, social networking, etc.

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Top 5 Technologies used to Cyberbully
Top 5 Technologies used to Cyberbully
August 27th, 2008 by admin

Cyberbullying is a growing problem in the United States and throughout the world. The act of Cyberbullying occurs when individuals use the Internet to harass or embarrass other people. Most often, cyberbullying occurs between kids who go to the same school or live in the same neighborhood.

But what are the tools of cyberbullies that allow them to hold such sway over their peers? The following is a list of five technologies currently employed by cyberbullies to intimidate other kids.

MySpace, Facebook and other social networking sites - Currently the leading medium for cyberbullying incidents around the United States, social networking sites have become the instrument of choice for those kids and teens who look to humiliate other young people. These sites provide a means for individuals to post embarrassing photos, conduct mean-spirited online polls and other forms of cyberbullying. Another growing concern in this area is the theft of user IDs and passwords. When one individual steals another’s login information, they can go into their account and make statements in that person’s name. The results can be socially devastating to a teenager or adolescent.
Instant messaging - Instant messaging is a staple of major Internet companies such as AOL, Yahoo, Google (through its Gmail service) and MSN. Unfortunately, it is also used as a means of harassment. Many kids have adopted fake screen names and then used these account to “ping” their enemies with profanity and threats of violence.
Email – Email is a relatively anonymous act, especially if an individual goes by a screen name that bears no resemblance to their actual name. Email is used to send threatening letters and images, and can be the delivery device for rumors and falsehoods about an individual. Although many kids have moved on to social network sites as a means for their cyber bullying, email remains an “old school” way of performing this hateful act.
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PhotoShop – Surprisingly, the world’s most popular photo editing software is also a device used in many cyberbullying cases. In most cases, one individual will take a photo of another person and alter it so that the victim appears to be in a compromising position, or doing something they should not be doing. Digital camera and camera phones in general have been a problem in Cyberbullying cases – as they give individuals the power to take hidden or unwanted photos of another person, and then spread them instantly across the Internet.
Blogs – Many teenagers have gone so far as to create entire blogs focusing on their rivals or enemies. These blogs invite user participation via comment posts and create a permanent entity that intimidates the individual in question. Blogs are easy to set up and can be created anonymously, which only serves to make the problem that much worse. With little accountability, the bully is free to let loose a stream of destructive and hurtful language.
CyberBully Alert is an innovative new technology that helps families fight back against online predators and cyberbullies.

Source: http://www.cyberbullyalert.com/index.php

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Good article ! Thanks !

WHO@ 2009 Cyberstalking Statistics Press Release

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Cyber harassment is on the rise . I am seeking stories about your cyber harassment  experiences. All stories & authors will  of course be anonymous . Thanks you for participating. this is for personal knowledge since I too have been a victim of a serial cyber stalker. 

Thank You !
Miss J.