Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web: What You Need to Know

Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web: What You Need to Know

by J.A. Hitchcock


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The world has changed drastically over the past decade. The Internet has had a huge part in that, as it has made the world more accessible to anyone of any age, race, or gender. Used for entertainment, education, shopping, dating and more, the internet has provided a whole new virtual world for everyone to enjoy. But with the good also comes the bad—and for kids and teens these days, the bad has becomes a constant threat from cyberbullies and cyberstalking.

J. A. Hitchcock began to have an interest in cyberstalking and cyberbullies in 1996 when she blew the whistle on a literary agency scam. They stole her identity and began posting messages online pretending to be her; and that was only the beginning of a barrage of threats. When she contacted local police they had never had an internet-related case and couldn’t help her, so she taught herself how to track down online criminals, how to handle the situation, and how to stay safer online. After 10 years of being a victim, her cyberstalkers were brought to justice. Unfortunately, not all internet crime stories end with a happy ending.

Really, anyone of any age can become the target of a cyberbully. And quite honestly, victims are getting younger and younger every year when it comes to being cyberbullied. Throughout Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web, Hitchcock explains how someone can become victim to cyberbullying and how they can stay safer online. Offering victims, and parents, the chance to be able to relate to and truly understand the unfortunate reality of cyberbullying through real-life examples of what happened to someone who had been through a similar situation.

For much-needed practical advice, from an expert who truly understands the threat of cybercrime, this is a must-have resource to combat the ever-growing problem of internet crime in our society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538122358
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/12/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.65(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

J. A. Hitchcock is a nationally recognized cybercrime and cyberbullying expert who has helped pass laws related to online harassment in many states, including Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. As president of Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA, at www., J.A. helps victims of cyberstalking crimes fight back. She volunteers her time as a consultant on Internet crime cases for police departments worldwide, the U.S. Department of Justice Victims of Crime, and the National Center for Victims of Crime. She is, also, the recipient of the 2017 Real Heroes Education Award for Southern Maine. Visit her website at

Table of Contents

Preface (updated in paperback edition)
Chapter 1: Who Are Cyberbullies?
Chapter 2: What Is Cyberbullying?
Chapter 3: Cyberbullying Laws
Chapter 4: Are Schools Ready for Cyberbullies?
Chapter 5: What If Your Child Is A Cyberbully?
Chapter 6: Cyberbullying Victims Who Fought Back
Chapter 7:When Sexting Becomes Sextortion
Chapter 8: Social Media Websites and Apps
Chapter 9: Cell and Smart Phone Know-How
Chapter 10: When Online Fun & Gaming Goes Wrong
Chapter 11: When an Adult Is a Cyberbully
Chapter 12: What Parents and Educators Need to Know
Chapter 13: Online Safety Tips Resources and Where to go for Help

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