Victim of Cyber Bullying Cases
Cyber-bullying is the act of communicating via the internet with the intention of bullying someone by sending intimidating or threatening messages. Anyone can be a victim of such a crime, irrespective of their age or gender. Most people tend to relate cyber-bullying to teenagers. However, cyber bullying cases are a reality for many adults and can be for personal or corporate reasons.
What is Cyber Bullying
Rexxfield and Page1.me founder Michael Roberts receives cyber bullying cases all the time, from teenager bullying to corporate bullying: “Calls for help are incredibly diverse. Some are relatively simple and yet emotionally devastating because they come from teenaged cyberbullying victims, and others originate from powerful people in multinational corporations. We also receive many calls from frustrated law-enforcement officials who are trying to investigate serious crimes. I’ve helped law enforcement investigations in cases of rape, robberies and even death threats against police officers who are living in fear despite their station in life. In all of these situations, without exception, the Internet service providers were not willing to reasonably cooperate with the investigations – I have found Google and Facebook to be quite notorious in this area.”
According to Michael, the number of cyber bullying cases increases every day due to the growing power of the internet and Google. “Anonymous free speech is a wonderful privilege and should be preserved. In many cases horrible problems have been avoided by the ability to communicate anonymously, such as in situations involving whistle blowing of white-collar crimes, community awareness of when sexual predators move into the neighborhood, and many other alerts that are of great community benefit.”
He continues, “however, like all good things, anonymity is subject to abuse. There is no such thing as “free speech,” there is always a cost. Sometimes that cost is acceptable, moreover desirable, particularly in the case of positive community awareness. However, often there are many false rumours and libellous attacks, which are motivated only by hatred and vindictive antisocial promptings. More often than not, these serial cyber defamers have some type of antisocial personality disorder. They have nothing better to do than hurt other people and in fact, are fueled by other people’s pain. Normal people cannot begin to relate to how these people think, yet they exist and they are out there, spreading their destruction online.”
How to Stop Cyber Bullying
The main intention of a bully is to get a reaction to his/her action. A bully gets sadistic pleasure by harassing another individual. The best way to counteract such an issue is by not giving them what they want. In fact, try not to react. It is easier said than done but sometimes it is better to just avoid. If such an act is recurring over time and is stealing your peace of mind, then it is sensible to seek help.
Identify and report cyber bullies.
Michael and his team specialize in identifying anonymous bullies. Even if your antagonist is a tech-savvy hacker and hides behind proxies. When you are able to identify your bully efficiently, you can take him or her to court. Through online investigation services, you obtain proof to show in court to get the bullying to stop and defaming content to be taken down.
Remove damaging content from Google
If you are unable to identify your bully or do not have the financial resources to do so, your next option is to ask Google to take the defaming results down. If you are a resident from a common law country, we highly recommend this route. We have enjoyed many successes for our clients by asking Google to take down defaming content.
Reduce damage by suppressing harmful content
If the above options don’t work out, your best choice is to suppress the damaging material. This reduces the impact of your bully and hides it from other people. If your attacker has stopped the bullying, this could even be your best and cheapest option. However, if you are in the middle of a cyberbullying attack and you know your bully will continue, litigation might be your only solution.
Other tips that may help with Cyber Bullying Cases
• There is an advantage for the victim when it comes to being cyber-bullying. As opposed to regular bullying, with cyber-bullying, the victim has the option of saving evidence such as screenshots of threatening messages on phones and computers. Save everything you can to use as proof when needed.
• Always secure your phone with a password and never share the password of your phone or social media account with anyone. Not your best friend, not even your partner. In too many cases we are dealing with clients who are bullied and slandered on the internet by their ex-partner, after a messy breakup. If you share your login details, that person can impersonate you and create unnecessary hassles for you by visiting your email or social media accounts.
• On the other hand, cyber-bullying often is propagated through social media or texting. Use your option of blocking the person from your account. It helps to reduce the direct interaction and harassment to a great extent.