Cyber Bullying on the Rise

By Corinne Rose

Cyber Bullying on the Rise

June 18, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2007 at 6:11 PM EDT

(Fort Wayne, IN) -- The FBI agent in charge of the Fort Wayne office says cyber bullying is a growing problem.

The social issue affects mostly teenagers, but can strike adults, too.

And in some cases, the laws aren't keeping up with the changing pace of technology.

FBI Supervising Agent Mark Nowak says since the Internet affords a semblance of anonymity, people can act more aggressively than they would face-to-face.

He says if you or your child is attacked by a cyber bully, you should save and print any e-mails, and save text messages sent to a cell phone... then show them to a parent, the Internet service provider, and the police.

Mark Nowak\Fort Wayne FBI Supervising Agent: " In general, there's a statute, a federal stalking statute, that could be used for persons who abuse the Internet and threaten those over the Internet. And there's also the police department, the state laws relative to stalking, that possibly could be used, depending on the seriousness of the offense."

Agent Nowak says you should not reply to threatening e-mails or false postings on a website -- because that could spur someone to push the envelope more.

Click on the "News links" portion of this website for more the FBI's "Parents' Guide to Internet Safety."

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