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Cell phones, social media sites, and smartphone applications are used for both positive and negative purposes. Technology has been a wonderful way for individuals to stay in contact, share memories, and exchange information. Unfortunately, it has also been used for violent and abusive purposes.
Abuse Through Technology
- Verbal Abuse
- Burn Pages (lists of people similar to a "hit list")
- Sexting and Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- and Much More.
Although we cannot stay 100% safe all the time when we use technology, there are steps we can take if we feel like we are being threatened, abused, or uncomfortable.
Ideas For You To Consider
- Many websites and applications have block features where you can prevent certain individuals from communicating with you.
- If you cannot block someone who is harassing you, you may want to consider removing the application from your computer or phone or stop visiting the social networking site.
- If you are being sexually harassed by someone over a cell phone, call your cell phone provider. Many times companies will give you a new cell phone number at no cost. BE CAREFUL who you give your information out to.
- Be aware of what information you are sending out over the internet or through cellular devices. If that information is captured, it could be used against you.
- If you are being harassed or abused, NEVER delete messages until you report them to the proper authorities.
- Assume the information you are transmitting will be available forever.
- Always be aware of how you are presenting yourself through your words (written or verbal), the pictures you post, the videos you choose to record, and the social sites and applications you choose to engage in.
- Choose your friends wisely. Sometimes it's not the application or the website that is the problem, it's the trustworthiness of your friends that should be in question.