Question 7 – Digital Security

Most computer users have no idea how dangerous their online behavior is. Cyberbullying takes the number one spot on the internet. Cyberbullying includes sending hateful messages or even death threaths, making nasty comments on others social networking profiles, or creating a website to bash their looks or reputation. Cyberbullying differs from schoolyard bullying. Teachersbcan’t intervene on the internet, and cyberbullies don’t witness their victims reactions, the way they might if they insulted others to their faces. This make it easier for them to continue bullying. Some cyberbullies pose as their victims and send out harassing messages to others.

Here are a few Internet Safety tips: To keep others from using their email and internet accounts, people should never share internet passwords with anyone other than parents. If you are being harassed or bullied through instant, messaging, help them use the “block” or “ban” feature to prevent the bully from contacting them. If you keep getting harassing emails, delete that email account and set up a new one. Do not respond to rude or harassing emails, messages and postings. If the cyberbullying continues call the police. Keep a record of the emails as proof of evidence.

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