Will You be the Next Victim of Cyber Stalking? In today’s society, people use the internet daily to email, talk to friends, YouTube, Facebook or just browse the internet when their bored. What they’re not aware of is the dangers the internet can contain and how easy it is for pedophiles to get ahold of a person’s information on the internet. Online harassment rose from 40. 5% to 60% during 2004-2005, then dropped to about 44% in 2006, after increasing to 55% in 2007 and displayed a major jump to around 71% in 2008.
As the years go on, our young society learns more and more about the internet and what it can do every day, also allowing hackers and pedophiles to be learning new ways they can invade the lives of another. Cyber stalking has become a serious problem that claims millions and millions of people’s lives every minute, and the government needs to get more involved to figure out a solution or a way or screening out pedophiles to break the chain. Different apps and social networking sites are posing new threats to children and teenagers by invading their privacy.
It makes it so much easier for pedophiles to communicate with young children and the children have no idea. Byron Acohido says in his article, “Children are using these services more and more, opening themselves up to more information disclosures” (Acohido). On Skype, everyone is able to talk to new people they have never even seen before. It was created for fresh experiences and talking to new individuals, but people seem to never really think about what they are saying to that other person. What if that person is cyber stalking you the very same moment you are Skyping him/her?
Byron also states, “As pedophiles become more technologically sophisticated, they’re able to find and connect with kids easier than with previous methods” (Acohido). When on Facebook, people can tag where they are at and who they are with, during a specific time. How much easier can it get for pedophiles to find out where a person is and how they can get to him/her. The internet will increasingly become more advanced every year, the general public needs to learn how to be safe on the internet and keep information private. Pedophiles pose a serious threat to teenagers and young children and if hildren are not being careful about what they put on the internet or who they talk to, anyone could become the next victim. An unsafe place for a teenager to be is a chat room. A chat room can be considered a nesting ground for adults seeking improper contact with a minor. The FBI warns parents by stating, “Child sex predators are far more persuasive on the internet than most parents suspect” (FBI). When a minor is unknowingly talking to a pedophile over the internet, they are letting that pedophile into their personal life, perhaps without even realizing it.
The pedophile will try to make the minor feel special, so that he/she will feel comfortable talking to him/her about personal subjects. After letting that pedophile in, the FBI says, “But now the stranger isn’t outside the house. The stranger can be inside, on the internet” (New Hampshire Republican). Everyday a teenager is being tricked into believing something/someone is real, if that minor were to ever discuss to the pedophile about meeting each other, a number of possibilities could happen.
That minor could end up as another kid on the list of missing profiles. That’s what we need to avoid and why the government needs to step in even more to stop this awful crime to save the lives of many children. What most teenagers do not realize is that a pedophile could be cyber stalking them at any moment and it can take place in many different ways. The pedophile can personally terrorize and threaten the victim to being friendly and luring the victim in to trust him/her.
Gal Shpantzer says in the article, “Cyber stalking methods can include the use of email, instant messenger, chat rooms, websites, interactive portals, and social networking sites” (Shpantzer). Cyber stalking can be just as dangerous as physical stalking. The stalker can threaten the minor and get them to actually think that they will hurt them if they don’t do what he/she tells them to do. It can mentally break the minor down so far to the point that he/she feels they have no one left.
Gal also explains how the victim can feel by saying, “Cyber stalking paralyzes the recipients by means of humiliating, intimidating and even horrifically detailed threatening anonymous communications” (Shpantzer). No child should ever have to be put through a tragic incident like this, but the younger generation isn’t spoken to enough about this topic and it is not stressed to the extent it should be to minors. If a person has never been taught about a topic, they will be oblivious to it, which is the reason so many teens become victims of cyber stalking.
There should be a limit on what people can put on the internet specifically for their safety. Some parents don’t let their children onto social networking sites because they are too young, but after a while children get bored and parents don’t want to be bothered during the little amount of down time they actually get. The internet in amusing to most people, so the end result is that parents end up letting their children join social networking sites sooner or later. We should teach more about safety and what should and shouldn’t go on the internet to the younger generation.
That way once they get in the habit of it, they can guide the ones under them to do the same thing and be a good influence to the oblivious teenagers. The end result would be a win-win situation. Some may feel that the internet is a safe place and they will never be a victim of cyber stalking. That they can just change their Facebook profile to private and everything will be okay. If they only talk to people they know, how would they ever have a problem right? It is a possibility that the internet is a safe place when you’re careful. Cranford Chronicle talks about how the internet is a safe place if you know how to use it properly.
He says, “The internet is great when used properly, like or educational purposes or for entertainment. It is an informational phenomenon that isn’t going anywhere. It’s safe if you use it safely” (Chronicle). The reality is, people are not just going to use the internet for education purposes, that’ll get boring to a lot of people pretty quick. Teenagers want to explore the internet to see what is out there. Sure, you can learn a lot from the internet if you look up the right topics, but when are teenagers looking up educational information besides when they are doing homework for school.
That doesn’t happen very often. At some point kids are going to stumble upon unsafe sites that could lead them to get cyber stalked by anonymous pedophiles, which is why the government needs to set up programs teaching children about the dangers of the internet before something happens to them. An educated world is a better world. These previous paragraphs have given reasons on how the internet is dangerous if you don’t know what is the right thing to do on the internet and what the wrong things to do are. Limit the information put on the internet, someone could be watching.
The scariest part of it all is that a person never knows when it could happen to him/her. Not very many people see the severity of it all, and how much it could drastically change their life if it happened to them. If the government could come up with a solution to end this delinquency, it would be saving the lives of thousands of children in danger of being cyber stalked in the future. Parents will be relieved of a lot of stress if they don’t have to worry about their child’s safety on the internet. Privacy is a huge topic and a very important issue.
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