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Dangers of the Internet – Part 2

In case you missed Part 1: 


The first article, “Dangers of the Internet Part 1”, focused on the dangers of the internet due to attacks that anyone may encounter because of fraud schemes, such as Spam, and Technical Support Scams. This article will bring you information about the dangers of harassment online, and the damage it can inflict on its victim, some of those being Cat-fishing, and Cyber Bullying.

Cat-fishing is a deceptive activity where a person creates a fake identity on a social network account. Cat-fishing may be inoffensive, and can be used as a form of trolling or wish fulfillment. However, when used in malicious ways, it can lead to blackmail, fraud, and in extreme cases, can lead to kidnapping when the victim tries to meet with the “fake person” they met online.


Cat-fishing has become a new way for sexual predators to interact with their victims and possibly harm them. These sexual predators use their fake identity to talk to teens, allowing them to get close to them so that the victim will trust them. It is then easy for a predator to get information from the victim so that they can use that information to take advantage of them. 


Cat-fishing can be a huge problem if not careful, so it is important that if a random person starts following or messaging you, and the person’s profile picture looks fake or too good to be true, then the person may most likely be cat-fishing you, and should be reported or blocked as quickly as possible. 





Another form of harassment comes from Cyberbullying.This is when someone, typically teens, bully or harass others on the internet, particularly on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victims’ personal information, or pejorative labels. They mostly attack through the use of fake accounts as it is easy for the bully to get away with it on the internet, since they are using a fake identity and their account can’t be traced back to them. Most importantly, that person will not get in trouble and will not have any consequences to their actions, allowing them to strike again. 


Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to harm another person. Victims may experience lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and a variety of negative emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, and depressed. In fact, Cyberbullying has been a primary cause for an increased number of suicides in teens over the past few years. 

Cyberbullying can be a big issue for many teens, but if you ever are cyberbullied you should take time off the internet, block or report the account harassing you, and you should contact someone reliable to help you with your problem, such as an older sibling, parent, and if you are in school your counselor, and this goes for anytime you feel uncomfortable or harassed by any account online.

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