The FBI is seeing more cyber bullying complaints coming through its Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, than it has in the past.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI is seeing more cyber bullying complaints coming through its Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, than it has in the past.
Herbert Stapleton: Things that a bully might have done face to face on a playground 20 years ago now are sometimes being done over the Internet.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern, and this is FBI, This Week. Cyber bullying is when somebody uses the Internet to try to harass or humiliate another person. Supervisory Special Agent Herbert Stapleton…
Stapleton: In certain circumstances, cyber bullying can violate federal law, which the FBI would investigate.
Halpern: Cyber bullying can have dangerous and damaging consequences. The FBI teaches parents and children how to reduce the chances of becoming victims through our community outreach programs.
Stapleton: We suggest practicing good online etiquette. And remember that things that are said online can be harmful or hurtful to victims.
Halpern: For tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of cyber bullying, visit www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com. And if you think you’re a victim of cyber bullying—or any type of computer-based crime—report it at www.ic3.gov.