|New age phisherman|
Give a man a rod and he’ll go fishing….give a man a computer and he’ll
go phishing online. The former at least gets you communing with nature but the
latter will greatly increase your mental pollution.
Cyberland is a daunting labyrinth of games, chat rooms, facebooking,
emailing, web albums, podcasts, skypeing , twittering and wittering. It’s a
jungle out there and without monitoring, discipline and intelligence you could
find yourself in uncharted territory or up the creek minus a surf board.
Cyber-abuse is now the weapon of choice for predators who wish to
terrorise their fellow man and woman. Sadly its women who bear the brunt of
this new kind of intimidation.
Stalking is not a new phenomena. Before, a man would have to dress up in
a dirty old raincoat and harrass random women that he came across in bars,
shops, buses and other public areas. Since the advent of the internet,
men don’t have to venture out into the cold air, they only have to log in.
|Social media freak|
Men have a pre-disposition to aggressive behaviour – part genetic, part
learned – and their libido allows them to indulge in hooliganism, religious
wars and domestic violence. It’s staggering to think that all men are born
equal but not so equal to women!
Men just can’t help putting their brute strength and weak mind (aka
devil’s workshop) to poor use. They surf and download unsavoury images. They
sometimes coerce their girlfriends into allowing themselves to be filmed in a
number of intimate poses. They Skype every night on the pretext of sharing
their evening together but this turns into a subtle form of control. The man is
insecure and doesn’t allow his girlfriend to spend any time fully alone.
This is social network stalking and Ruth Jeffrey was the victim of this
vicious abuse at the hands of her boyfriend no less. He forwarded her photo to
a number of adult sites and her face was superimposed on to models in risqué
poses. He hacked into her email account and sent malicious messages to friends.
This is someone she had known since the age of 12. She had so much trust
and confidence that she never suspected she was sleeping with the enemy. He was
comforting and reassuring during moments of distress.
|If you lie with dogs you'll only get fleas|
This sexual manipulation went on until her parents had to be told. Her father
managed to successfully trace the originator which lead him to a company
registered in California in the name of the said boyfriend.
Following a successful prosecution the sentencing was a paltry four
months. It appears that harassment and emotional abuse are still not crimes
that are recognised by the justice system.
Anyone who’s been on the receiving end of abuse knows how debilitating
it is and the scars may fade over time but victims never truly heal. Your
confidence and trust has been stolen, your faith near destroyed and your
Virtual criminality does not come with a punishment that deters
re-offending. That's still a work in progress in law making.
|Watch the birdie!|
To safeguard yourself, the best way is to not indulge in too much social
media or if you need to then do it under a pseudonym.
Don’t upload photos on
Facebook and waste time with inane chatting. Better still, why not get some
fresh air, detoxify your mental space and become a social media minimalist?!
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