When cyber-bullying or harassment happens, it is important to document/report the harassment and cyber-stalking so it can be addressed. When harassed, always take screenshots and archive the content so you can file a proper case. Since screenshots can be altered and even faked, most law enforcement prefers archives. Just copy and paste the link to the Tweet, Twitter account, Facebook account, etc into the Archive.is website and click “Save”. For additional info on archiving content, just click here.
Steps to Take Immediately
Report Cyber-bullying to Online Service Providers
Cyber-bullying often violates the terms of service established by social media sites and internet service providers.
Review their terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities sections. These describe content that is or is not appropriate.
Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.
Report cyber-bullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.
Report Cyber-bullying to Law Enforcement
When cyber-bullying involves these activities it is considered a crime and should be reported to law enforcement:
Threats of violence
Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos
Taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy
Stalking and hate crimes
Some states consider other forms of cyber-bullying criminal. Consult your state’s laws and law enforcement for additional guidance.
Report Cyber-bullying to Schools
Cyber-bullying can create a disruptive environment at school and is often related to in-person bullying. The school can use the information to help inform prevention and response strategies.
In many states, schools are required to address cyber-bullying in their anti-bullying policy. Some state laws also cover off-campus behavior that creates a hostile school environment.
Here are some additional helpful links that will help you deal with, report, document Online Harassment and Cyber-Stalkers.
Law Enforcement Direct Links
FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center(IC3)