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CyberBullying cyber crime : What you need to know


12 years old Harish was very fond of playing online multiplayer game. He had a online gamer friends circle and everyday between 8 to 9 pm after his studies would play some multiplayer game. His mother noticed that Harish’s behavior for last one week had changed drastically, he had lost interest in studies and his favorite online gaming, he was speaking less, eating less and would wake up during sleep screaming and had become an introvert. When the parents spoke to him in confidence and checked around for the reason for the change in his behavior, they found that couple of his friends in his online gamer friends circle were harassing, embarrassing and targeting Harish while playing. Harish was a victim of cyber bullying cyber crime.

Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. Cyberbullies use mobile phones, computers or other electronic devices to send texts, emails or instant messages; post comments on social media or in chat rooms; or in other ways use private or public forums to attack their victims.  Cyberbullying has become so prevalent among Children and teens because cyberbullies can hide their identities and location online, operating anonymously or under an alias anytime. cyberbullying can affect victims physically, mentally and emotionally, leaving them feeling afraid, angry, ashamed, tired or experiencing symptoms such as headaches or stomach aches and these effects can last long time.

How to protect oneself from Cyberbullying :- 

If your child is a victim of CyberBullying fraud :-

Immediately file a complaint by contacting Cyber Helpline number 1930 or on their website or visit a child crime specific police station and file a FIR and take their advice. Take a backup of all the conversations and any other incrementing details as they will be needed as evidence for convicting the culprit. Comfort your child or the victim and if needed take the help of therapist’s to work through the mental and emotional effects.

Remedies available to the victim legally in India :-

You can register a criminal case at your nearest cyber or children specific or regular police station, under the following legal sections or the Act as per sections prescribed by the police based on your case :

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