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Cyber Bullying By Robin Carter

Robin Carter - Bird's NestDo you ever wonder why hackers and cyber bullies break into e-mails and Facebook accounts? What good could it possibly do for them to steal your information? The truth is there are several reasons behind this; people are curious, some jealous, angry, or just plain bored with themselves. Also, your seemingly harmless information such as: holiday photos, latest purchases and restaurant reviews can be a goldmine when they end up in the wrong hands. Cyber crooks are more and more interested in getting hold of this information as we get too comfortable with sharing every aspect of our lives with each other on-line.

Interesting enough, cyber bullying is a very serious act that takes place using electronic devices such as: cell phones, computers, and any other communication tools.  Examples of this action consist of mean text messages, e-mails and rumors sent by e-mail or posting on social net-working sites. This includes embarrassing pictures, videos, websites or fake profiles.  This type of behavior happens around the clock and causes great harm and embarrassment to others. Messages and pictures can be anonymously posted and can reach a wide variety of audiences quickly.  Not to mention that trying to delete these harassing messages and texts can be extremely difficult, especially after they have already been distributed. While I believe that social media is meant for positive activities like connecting with friends and family, some use these tools to cause harm to others. It is sad when younger groups become victims of this type of bullying because they are likely to be unwilling to attend school, have low self-esteem, and other problems as a result of it.

Hackers, like cyber bullies, attack social media accounts as well.  For most people, having their Facebook account hacked is a nightmare.  Imagine a total stranger having access to all your private messages, having the power to abuse your Facebook page and delete your personal information. Some simple tips to avoid this are: change your password regularly, keep security settings tight and faithfully log out of your computer after each use. And, if you believe your account has been hacked, report it immediately.