From Cyberbullying to Stalker: My Personal Story
Cyberbullying is verbal abuse that occurs online. Cyberbullying abuse includes: a threatening email, nasty instant messages, a website set up to mock others, borrowing someone's screen name and pretending to be them while posting a message,
Let Your Voice Be Heard.
In the newspaper this morning, I came across an article that caught my attention. The headline reads: Anti-bullying workshop set for Aug. 27 at library.
On August 27, the Village of Pinecrest, Florida will host a workshop for parents and children. A panel of experts and teachers will gather together to discuss the facts and warning signs of bullying, the effects on victims, and what adults can do to help those who are being targeted.
When a child is tormented, harassed, humiliated or embarrassed repeatedly by another child using the Internet or any other type of digital technology, it is considered a criminal offense. Cyberbullies may pose as the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing information in their name that defames or ridicules them. In addition, cyber-bullies love to instigate others to dislike and gang up on the target. They will spread rumors and make false allegations at websites or forums. In some cases, the bully will try to find out personal information through other people such as real name, address, school and or workplace. The motive behind the cyber-bully is to intimidate, threaten the victim's safety and peace of mind. "A knock-down blow," might just be the cure for their mental instability.
According to research, one in five children have been victims of a Cyber-bully. A study conducted by academics at Anglia Ruskin University questioned a panel of 500 people between the ages of 11 and 19. Many of the victims said that the experiences damaged their self-confidence, mental health and even school attendance.
As an adult victim of Cyberbullying, I would like to share my personal story with the rest of the world. For the past several months, I have been harassed repeatedly by a total stranger from the Triond community. The stalker, who resides in New Zealand, claims that she knows me and that my name is Michelle. She has made false allegations against my good character and reputation and published them on an international website for everyone to read. As an educated professional and U.S citizen of good moral character, I chose not to respond to any of her defamatory messages, but despite the fact that I handled things in a mature and professional manner, the abuse has snowballed out of control. Creating fake aliases is her hobby. She logs on with various screen names and insists on spamming my page with offensive comments. I am very grateful for my fans and followers who continue to support me during this time.
I do want other writers on this site to be aware. Please keep in mind that if we don't put a stop to this disruptive behavior, she will continue harassing other people here as well. Hopefully, the moderators on wikinut will provide us with a delete button so we don't have to worry about bullies and spammers anymore. An email feature would be nice too.
Click on this link to read my personal affidavit.
Tips to Follow To Protect Yourself From Online Predators.
Please be aware of everything you do and say while you enjoy your experience online. Don't rely on the so-called safety of being “anonymous” online. Keep in mind that anything you say or post online can be used against you in a court of law. Cyberbullies have a way of twisting your words around in order to make it seem like your'e the bad person in the situation. In my case, I've never had any type of communication or contact with this person since I do reside in the State of Florida and I'm only here for writing purposes. I believe that I was targeted because I believe in standing up for what is right.Secondly, be wary of anyone associated with online drama; don't feed any of the trolls. They're basically looking for a reaction from you. In my case, the bully has crossed the line from cyberbully to obsessive stalker. Third, document everything and file a complaint with the local FBI Bureau. Finally, report the bully to the owner of the website so they can take action immediately.