Computer Stalking & Bullying
If someone threatens your child with violence, contact law enforcement immediately. If your child is being threatened or harassed online, you may want to contact one or more of the following:
School Resource Officer: Your child's school may have a School Resource Officer (SRO), a sworn law officer, who can help. If so, let the SRO know about the harassment or threats. If your school does not have an SRO, contact local law enforcement.
Internet Service Provider: Your email account settings or instant messaging software may allow you to block further messages from the sender. You can report the harassment or threats to your ISP and the harasser's ISP if you know which one the harasser uses. You can ask that the harasser's account be suspended or blocked.
If your child receives invitations for sexual acts or unsolicited obscene material over the Internet, you can report it by calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or by visiting the CyberTipline
What to do
- Save the original message. Don't delete or erase threatening emails or other communications from your mailbox or voicemail. If you are asked to share a threatening email message with law enforcement, forward the original message. A printed copy of the email or an excerpt from it will not be as useful to law enforcement as the original email message that you received.
- Don't respond to messages from people you don't know, and don't engage in any communications with a harasser. Keep a note of the times and dates of abusive messages or incidents. If the harassment continues, consider contacting a victims' rights group for advice and support.
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