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How To Stop Online Harassment
If you’ve become a victim of online harassment, bullying, or stalking, it can be difficult to know what to do. Online harassment is often an emotional and taxing experience, and often people don’t know how to report it or where to turn to stop the harassment. First, it’s important to understand what online harassment is.
What Is Online Harassment?
Online harassment, also known as cyberbullying, is bullying with the use of digital and online technologies. It can take place on social media, gaming and streaming platforms, and other resources.
It’s characterized as repeated behavior aimed at shaming, scaring, or angering a targeted person. Common examples of online harassment are sending abusing and threatening messages, spreading lies, posting embarrassing photos, and other actions.
Stopping Online Harassment: Things You Can Do
If you’re experiencing cyber harassment, the very first thing you need to do is to identify whether it can be classified as harassment. Is it repeated, severe, and affects your physical and mental health? If the answer is yes, here’s a list of other things you can do and the steps you should take to protect yourself and prevent online harassment in the future:
1. Make sure to document everything
The good thing about online harassment is that everything can be easily documented. You can save harassing posts, messages, videos, screenshots, and pictures. You may want to delete harassing content immediately, but it’s actually worth saving, especially if you decide to go to court later.
However, just saving everything and/or taking screenshots is not enough – you also should organize and keep records properly. For this reason, it’s recommended to hire a company that provides professional investigation services and knows how to deal with online harassment.
2. Think about your personal safety
If a person is harassing you online, you should answer a question: do you know this person or is their identity unknown?
If you know this person, you should be especially careful and think about your physical safety because this person may know your personal details, including your address, for example. For this reason, you may want to stay somewhere else to be safe.
If you do not know who it is, you may try to unmask this person. However, it might not be easy, and you may need the professional help of private investigators.
3. Report harassment
If someone is harassing you, you should report it immediately. Be sure to save all the harassing messages, videos, pictures, and other evidence of harassment and seek protection through local authorities.
4. Do not respond to harassing messages
The best way of dealing with a person who is harassing you online is not to respond to them. Responding may encourage them to continue their harassing actions. Instead, you should keep track of all communications with the person, including such details as times and dates, means of transmission, and others.
5. Do not share your personal information
You should understand that almost anyone can access the personal information you share online. Therefore, you should avoid sharing such personal details as your phone number or address.
6. Disable geolocation settings
Geolocation settings on your devices access the information about your current location and share it with others. Therefore, you should be extremely careful and not let apps on your phone share information about your physical location in unexpected ways.
Seeking Cyber Investigative Services
Are you experiencing cyber harassment and are looking for a company that conducts cyber security investigations? Quantum Cyber Security & Investigations, Inc. can help.
We work closely with harassment victims, corporate risk management services, and attorneys in order to determine what exactly happened, how it happened, how we can help in this situation, and what we can do to prevent similar situations in the future. The services we provide include cyber investigations and support, employee background investigations, litigation support, online reputation management, and more. If you have any questions about our services or want to schedule a consultation with us, feel free to call us.