Whether in person or on the internet, being stalked is a terrifying and isolating experience.
Social media is a tool, like anything else. You can use it to keep tabs on your friends, but you can also use it to make someone’s life miserable.
With the inception of social media, this landscape of word “stalking” has drastically changed from harmless to harmful as the evil inside the human is becoming dominating.
Social media enables an unprecedented amount of access to people’s photos, whereabouts. With sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, you are made aware of someone’s every move – whether they intend for you to know or not.
One of the biggest problems with social media today is the amount of passive information that is available.
Like…if I post a photo to my Instagram account, even with privacy settings intact, I am at the mercy of how my followers interact with my post.
When there is a gap between the information you have and the information you want, uncertainty is born.
Complaints of cyber bullying have increased by 19 per cent compared to the period between February 23 and March 24 and women have been complaining of vulgarity, stalking and misbehaviour on cyberspace.
We’re sharing too much of our personal data online, even when we think we’re playing it safe.
Case in point:
Californian police arrested a 21-year-old man last September after he broke into the house and bedroom of a 13-year-old girl, whose address he’d discovered by studying her posts on Instagram.
last October,Japanese police charged a man with assault after he used his victim’s Instagram selfies–and in particular the reflection in her eyes–to pinpoint her local train station. This is an incredible and alarming story.
Young men and women absolutely need to know how to make good decisions with the information they put on the internet. Unfortunately, anything you post that’s publicly visible or anything you send privately via text or message app can be used against you.