Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking refers to the use of technology to stalk someone. Cyberstalking is repetitive, menacing pursuit, following, harassment or interference with the peace and/or safety of a member of the community that occurs online. Similar to stalking that occurs in person, cyberstalking evokes fear in the victim.

Cyberstalking behaviors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sending threatening instant messages, text messages and emails
  • Stealing a person's online identity
  • Hacking and/or monitoring a person's computer or emails
  • Creating a website with the intention of demeaning or defaming the character of another person
  • Posting a person's address, phone number or email address online without their knowledge or permission
  • Email forgery - sending false or damaging email from the victim - usually to people they know

Social networking sites are great ways to share the latest in your life with friends and family members. However, social networking sites can also provide stalkers with a wealth of information about you, your interests and your whereabouts. Here are a few ways to keep yourself safe on both social networking sites and in cyberspace: