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"I call it an electronic leash. I've had girls come into my office with cell phone bills showing 9,000 text messages and calls in a month. This is all hours of the day and night. And it's threatening. 'Hi. How are you? Where are you? Who are you with? Who are you talking to?'"- Dr. Jill Murray, Psychologist

Cyber/Digital abuse is when an adolescent is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another adolescent using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. This form of abuse is done repeatedly and can escalate to physical abuse.

Types of Cyber/Digital Abuse:

  • Repeatedly sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages, this is called Cyber Harassment.
  • Sending threats or false accusations via email or cell phone
  • Making threatening or false posts on websites
  • Stealing a person’s identity or data
  • Spying and monitoring a person's computer and internet use.
  • Flaming: Online "fighting" using electronic messages with angry, vulgar language.
  • Impersonation: Breaking into an email or social networking account and using that person's online identity to send or post vicious or embarrassing material to/about others.
  • Outing and Trickery: Sharing someone's secrets or embarrassing information, or tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information and forwarding it to others.
  • Cyber Stalking: Repeatedly sending messages that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating, or engaging in other online activities that make a person afraid for his or her safety.

Cell Phone Safety:

  • If you feel that your partner is monitoring your phone calls consider protecting your phone with a password.
  • Do not store intimate photos on your cell phone.
  • If you are being harassed by your abuser save all the messages do not erase them as they are important to prove your case in court.

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