Cybercrime

You can save yourself, friends and family if you know the laws and right measures to take against cybercrimes. The web as we know today is more vulnerable and not safe if we are not careful. All the social networking sites are doing pretty much good job to bring people we know and may not know closer, making our personal identity ‘not personal’.

Specially Kids’ Virtual World Safety Tips, Virtual World Safety Tips for Parents of Teens, Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying, Tips to Prevent Sexting, Tips for Strong, Secure Passwords, Social Web Tips for Teens, Social Web Tips for Parents, Cellphone Safety Tips, Safety Tips for Video-Sharing, Chat Room Safety Tips, Internet filters have their place, but not for all kids, One family’s tech policy, Clicks & cliques: *Meaty* advice for parents on cyberbullying, Social norming: Increasingly key to kids’ Net safety, Dealing with cyberbullying on YouTube, ‘Soft power’ parenting works better, How to hide your Facebook friends list, ‘How to bully-proof yourself on Facebook’, Avoiding social networking scams are some of the articles at ‘Connect Safely’ you should definitely read.

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Sexting fall into the category of cyberethics. Sexting refers to teens sharing nude photos via cellphone or email, but it’s happening on other devices and the Web too at global level. The practice can have serious legal and psychological consequences. Sexting is not a new behavior; it is one that is accelerated by technology. As smart phones become more robust with the addition of cameras, video and internet capabilities, it’s easier to capture all manner of images and with a couple of quick clicks share them with another person or a group of people. As fast as technology changes and infuses our lives, laws and polices take a long time to catch up. In the case of sexting, when young people share intimate photos of others to embarrass, retaliate, or bully there had been no legal framework developed specifically to address the behavior. Law enforcement and prosecutors, left with few choices, have prosecuted for the distribution of child pornography for the sharing of images if people under the age of 18. If convicted, this could mean serving time in prison (5 years) and being registered as a sex offender for life.

In one case, a school administrator in Virginia was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography when in addressing a disciplinary problem in the school that involved a suggestive picture that was being sent around, he asked a student to send the picture to his phone and then put it on his computer. Technically this was a crime; it took more than a year, significant legal fees, and the near ruin of a person’s career.

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