Dear Amy: If someone stalks me on the computer, should I respond? — Daniel, Topeka, Kan.
Dear Daniel: Finding out that you have an online stalker is scary. The good news is that there are actions you can take to stop someone from harassing you. According to Working to Halt Online Abuse, haltabusektd.org/help/
respond.html, you should tell whoever is stalking or harassing you to stop. Be sure to save a copy of this message and do not respond if the harasser writes back. Also, save any communications you’ve received from the harasser and give them to your parents or another trusted adult, who can then help you decide on the best course of action.
Many online services such as social networking sites make it easy to block another user from contacting you through their service. However, this only works for the specific account you have blocked. A stalker could sign up for a different account, which would not be blocked. For more help, visit haltabusektd.org/help/help.html.
You can also prevent cyber harassment by sharing your email address and other online contact information only with people you know, such as friends and relatives.
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