Cyber Safety: A Bystander’s Guide

Cyber Safety: A Bystander’s Guide

You are going about your day when your Twitter account blows up with inappropriate posts based on someone’s appearance, race, gender or perceived sexuality, etc. What do you do?

 

If you respond on line:

Respect yourself and others; think before you hit send. Words typed or pictures posted on a screen can travel far and wide in minutes. They can cause lasting harm.

Keep it clean. Sending inappropriate pictures, comments or illegal content to friends, can come back to haunt you. Simply tell people, Cut it out, or That’s not okay.

Another option is to check in with the target:

Send a message and ask, “Are you all right?” If they are a student, tell them the University can help them address the behavior if it’s harassing, abusive, and/or bullying.

Refer them to the services listed on the back. You can even offer to accompany them if they need support.

And to keep yourself safe online:

Be real with your friends. Only accept friend requests from people you actually know: not friends of friends of friends...

Take the tags off. Tell your friends to ask permission before they tag you in photos or upload selfish they took with you at last night’s party.

Keep your private information, private. Never post your phone number, address or your whereabouts on line. This may attract stalkers. Also, take the locator function off your apps.

 

Advocacy & Support

ODU Women’s Center

757-683-4109, Crisis Support,

M-F 8 p.m.- 5 p.m.

next to Student Health Services

womenctr@odu.edu

 

Response of the YWCA

757-226-YWCA (9922), 24 Hour Hotline,

Victim Advocacy and Counseling

info@ywca-shr.org

 

Reporting

Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity (OSCAI)

757-683-3431

Call to Report Student Conduct Violations

or go to the OSCAI homepage

to submit online

 

ODU Police Department

757-622-4000

To report online harassment

or cyber crime

 

National Resources

Stalking Resource Center

ncvc.org/src

 

Women’s Center

1000 Webb Center

757-683-4109

womenctr@odu.edu

www.odu.edu/womenscenter

 

Working to Halt On-Line Abuse

haltabuse.org

 

Hollaback

ihollaback.org

 

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Posted By: Kishla Conner
Date: Fri Apr 11 10:11:31 EDT 2014