Cyber Crimes

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 10:14

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology (cell phones, computers, tablets, etc).  Through communication tools, such as social media forums, chat platforms, or text messaging, mean-spirited messages about a person are posted, often anonymously.  Cyberbulllying may include rumors, mean messages, embarrassing photos, dummy profiles, or other acts intended to hurt feelings.

Learn more about cyberbullying at stopbullying.gov

The NetSmartz Workshop, a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, offers resources for kids, tweens, teens, parents, and educators.  Important information on a variety of cyber topics can be found on the NetSmartz website, including: file sharing, gaming, inappropriate content, internet safety, social networking, webcams, and more. 

Visit the Cyberbullying Research Center  for additional resources for parents, teens, and educators.  Read stories from victims, learn about research and current events, and order publications related to the prevention of cyberbullying.

Though cyberbullying is most common among middle and high school aged students, the problem spans the ages, also impacting college aged students and adults.  Click here for more information.

Additional information aboud cyberbullying can be found here

Internet Safety

The Internet is an instant portal to vast information, incredible resources, educational tools, social opportunities, and marketing wonders.  Unfortunately, the World Wide Web can also be dangerous.  It is important for all Internet users to understand the dangers, and how to minimize them.

Learn more about safe Internet use through these resources:
Cyber Security Awareness Alliance
University of North Carolina Asheville: IT Services
Cyber Safety Cop
Common Sense Media
National Crime Prevention Council
Identity Theft Resource Center

Check out these great tools for preparing kids and teens for their time online: 
FBI Cyber Surf Islands
Connect Safely
Internet Safety 101
NetSmartz Workshop
Brain POP Jr.
Verizon Wireless: Internet Safety

Be proactive in avoiding online scams.  Sign up for scam alerts here.

Have you been a victim of cybercrime? File a complaint and access resources specifically designed for victims of Internet crime by clicking here.