Combination of Cyberbullying and Identity Theft – New Shocking Trend of Online Bullying
The new shocking wave of cyberbullying has emerged about a year ago and keeps leading to depressing consequences. Bullies steal kids’ identities and create fake accounts on their basis terrifying children all over the Internet.
The most disturbing thing, with this new cyberbullying trend there are two victims at once: the one whose identity is stolen and the one actually bullied. As a result, many children suffer.
Sometimes offenders simply duplicate kids’ profiles and post embarrassing posts on behalf of their victims. Such fake accounts may contain real photos and information similar to those on the identity theft victim’s actual page.
Otherwise, cyberbullies use stolen identities and target victims, who are not related to the owner of a stolen profile. Thus, a cyberbully can be not only a person you think you are contacting with, but whoever he or she wants hiding behind another face. Even a person you supposedly know.
Cyberbullying goes on taking its toll. In some cases, kids harm themselves over the issue, in others – thinking of taking their own lives. Online bullying keeps remaining one of main suicide factors among teenagers worldwide.
This matter should be taken seriously and paid attention from parents, schools, and social network administrations as well.
The use of parental controls will serve a great preventive measure here. Thus, parents will take the issue under control, will be able to intervene, detect identity theft, and avert cyberbullying as such in the making.