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Offending, Victimization, Forensic Investigation, and Prevention of Cyberstalking

Offending, Victimization, Forensic Investigation, and Prevention of Cyberstalking
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Author(s): Rejani Thudalikunnil Gopalan (Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, India)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 35
Source title: Developing Safer Online Environments for Children: Tools and Policies for Combatting Cyber Aggression
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1684-3.ch001

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Abstract

The term cyberstalking has been used to describe a variety of behaviors that involve repeated threats and/or harassment by the use of electronic mail or other computer-based communication that would make a reasonable person afraid or concerned for their safety. It is growing fast and creating problems, especially psychologically. This chapter mainly focused on its definition, typologies, characteristics of victims and offenders, forensic investigation, and its prevention. There is not much agreement on the definition of cyberstalking as it appeared recently due to technological advancement. Many of the researches were done on university students and the prevalence of cyberstalking among general population and special groups are not much known. But researches repeatedly confirm it as a growing issue. Technical advancements and thorough knowledge on technical details among researchers from different backgrounds poses a big problem to its complete understanding and prevention. Future research needs to focus on all these aspects.

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