We're going back nearly two years for this one, but it illustrates how manipulative a person can be one one side of the computer screen and how naive and unaware the target can be on the other side.
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An 18-year-old Wisconsin teen set up three Imposter Websites, posing as girls in his high school, then sent explicit emails to lure more than 31 boys at his high school to engage in Sexting. The perpetrator provided phony nude pics of the girls and the boys, naturally, sent nude photos of themselves to the Imposter. More than 300 nude photos of his male victims were found on his computer. He then blackmailed a few of them to engage in sex with him, rather than have the photos see the light of day.
The 18-year-old teen was charged with 12 felonies.
Use these stories on this blog as a way to broaden your knowledge of cyberbullying tactics and share them with your kids to heighten their defense. Anyone can be tricked by an Imposter Profile, which is why it is so important to keep your social networking circle small and verified. In Sexting, much of the perpetration statistically is aimed at young women, but in this case, more than 31 boys were duped by what Nancy Willard, MS, JD, Director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, differentiates as “Cyberbullying Sexting.” This is when the perpetrator uses Trickery to get ahold of precious photographic "currency" and and Blackmail to get the target to do something in order to avoid dissemination of the image.