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Catfishing: A Growing Trend In Cyberbullying – CyberBullyHotline


Cyberbullying remains one of the major problems in the use of social media. A growing trend in Cyberbullying is „Catfishing“ – using a false identity online for networking or bullying purposes. This is reported in one of the last posts at CyberBullyHotline.


“Catfish” is a slang term for people who create fake social networking profiles, and “Catfishing” is the process of befriending strangers online while using a fake or stolen identity.

CyberBullyHotline has three suggestion on how to keep teens safe from catfish:

1. Know all of the websites and mobile apps that your teen is using to network with others. A stunning number of adults have no idea what sites the teens in their life are visiting. Strictly monitor your teens’ computer and mobile device access, and consider using monitoring software to keep track of what sites they are visiting.

2. Encourage your teen to connect only with people they know in real life. Help your teens build relationships with people at school, at their house of worship, or in the community so they won’t become lonely and feel a need to search online for friends.

3. Keep your teens from disclosing personal information on social media sites. Personal information such as full names, personal photos, addresses, school names, interests, and so forth give catfishers opportunities to build rapport with unsuspecting kids.

Read the full article at Catfishing: A Growing Trend In Cyberbullying


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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