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Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web

What You Need to Know

J.A. Hitchcock

The world has changed drastically over the past decade. The Internet has had a huge part in that, as it has made the world more accessible to anyone of any age, race, or gender. Used for entertainment, education, shopping, dating and more, the internet has provided a whole new virtual world for everyone to enjoy. But with the good also comes the bad—and for kids and teens these days, the bad has becomes a constant threat from cyberbullies and cyberstalking.

J. A. Hitchcock began to have an interest in cyberstalking and cyberbullies in 1996 when she blew the whistle on a literary agency scam. They stole her identity and began posting messages online pretending to be her; and that was only the beginning of a barrage of threats. When she contacted local police they had never had an internet-related case and couldn’t help her, so she taught herself how to track down online criminals, how to handle the situation, and how to stay safer online. After 10 years of being a victim, her cyberstalkers were brought to justice. Unfortunately, not all internet crime stories end with a happy ending.

Really, anyone of any age can become the target of a cyberbully. And quite honestly, victims are getting younger and younger every year when it comes to being cyberbullied. Throughout Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web, Hitchcock explains how someone can become victim to cyberbullying and how they can stay safer online. Offering victims, and parents, the chance to be able to relate to and truly understand the unfortunate reality of cyberbullying through real-life examples of what happened to someone who had been through a similar situation.

For much-needed practical advice, from an expert who truly understands the threat of cybercrime, this is a must-have resource to combat the ever-growing problem of internet crime in our society.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 140Size: 6 1/4 x 9 3/8
978-1-4422-5117-5 • Hardback • December 2016 • $30.00 • (£19.95)
978-1-4422-5118-2 • eBook • December 2016 • $28.00 • (£18.95)
J. A. Hitchcock is a nationally recognized cybercrime and cyberbullying expert who has helped pass laws related to online harassment in many states, including Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. As president of Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA, at www. haltabuse.org), J.A. helps victims of cyberstalking crimes fight back. She volunteers her time as a consultant on Internet crime cases for police departments worldwide, the U.S. Department of Justice Victims of Crime, and the National Center for Victims of Crime. She is, also, the recipient of the 2017 Real Heroes Education Award for Southern Maine. Visit her website at www.jahitchcock.com.
11: When An Adult Is A Cyberbully
12: What Parents and Educators Need to Know
13: Online Safety Tips Resources and Where to go for Help
This book will be a useful resource for anyone who wants to know how to deal with cyberbullying. Chock-full of examples of what cyberbullying is–each chapter opens with the story of a victim–the narrative's greatest value is the well-informed and practical advice it offers about how to handle cyberbullies and what parents can do if their child is the one doing the bullying. The author also provides insightful analysis of what makes cyberbullying different and why it can be more harmful than other forms of bullying. The work concludes with a comprehensive list of resources and support organizations available to those who need them. Parents will appreciate the guidance. Hitchcock founded one of the first organizations dedicated to combating online abuse and is a recognized expert in the field. She approaches the subject from the perspective of her own experiences, which testifies to her authority on the subject ... [S]he also interviews several other cyberbullying experts and includes their insights, making this a well-rounded resource for parents and educators.

For much-needed practical advice from an expert who truly understands the threat of cybercrime, this is a resource that will help combat the ever-growing problem of internet crime in our society.
York Weekly

With nearly 100% of people digitally connected in some form, the risks are fairly high that at some point you will be or know someone that will be dealing with online abuse. Cyberbullying is form of electronic human behavior that no one is immune to. J.A. Hitchcock's book not only explores the real-life tragedies of cyber-harassment, but it offers real solutions. It's a must read for parents and educators alike.
Sue Scheff, Nationally Recognized Author of Wit's End; Family Internet Safety Advocate

In her book, J.A. Hitchcock offers readers a real and raw look at how and why cyberbullying occurs across the globe, and how it affects the victims, their families, their communities and the bullies themselves. Moreover, it provides important tips and ideas to prevent cyberbullying and how you can mitigate the damage should you or a loved one be a victim of cyberbullying. As a parent and advocate for digital safety & responsibility I believe that information about this epidemic is paramount to creating methods of prevention, and this book provides a wealth of information. Kudos to J.A. Hitchcock.
Richard Guerry, Executive Director of IROC2.org; Creator of Public and Permanent™

I was absolutely excited to read this book; it did not let me down in the least. J.A. Hitchcock has unparalleled experience and knowledge on so much that can go wrong online yet still has the positive attitude that will help the reader understand that it is important to keep in mind there is good online also. Hitchcock covers the gambit of online threats and lets the reader empathize with the victims yet after reading this the reader will feel more empowered to protect themselves and others from these online threats. Hitchcock's Knowledge and Expertise really shines through and anyone who reads CyberBullying and the Wild, Wild Web will certainly come away from it so much more informed, but not totally intimidated by the technology.
Bill Latchford, Internet Safety Advocate, www.protectchildrenonline.org