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Tips To Avoid Cyberstalking

Here's some tips to help avoid cyberstalking or cyberharassment.

Here's a quick list of safety tips to avoid cyberstalking or harassment.

  • Don't respond to flaming (provocation online);


  • Choose a genderless screen name;


  • Don't flirt online, unless you're prepared for the consequences. This is just like real life. Yes, you have the right to flirt. And you have the right to a sexy nickname. But the more obvious you are, the more likely you are to arouse unwanted attention from unwanted suitors.


  • Save offending messages and report them to your service provider. (WiredSafety.org's WiredEd classes include one on reading a header, which can be found at WiredSafety.org.


  • If someone makes threats in a chatroom or on a message board, notify the moderator or Web site operator right away;


  • Don't confront the stalker/harasser, this only arouses more anger or emotional attacks;


  • Don't give out any personal information about yourself or anyone else;


  • Get out of a situation online that has become hostile--log off or surf elsewhere;


  • Google yourself to make sure no personal information is posted by others about you. (See "Here's To Happy, Safe Holidays".)

You also can learn more about this at WiredSafety.org and get help when you need it, without charge, from trained volunteers in the WiredPatrol Cyberstalking and Harassment Division.

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