Shabella Sandhu

Editorial Writer

A native to Chandigarh, Shabella Sandhu, who aspires to become a bureaucrat, is an active NSS volunteer. She’s an avid
reader and a poetry writer too.

“Stop Stalking”

And

“Start Making”

In the digital era of the 21st century, it is truly said that our life is like an open book where we meet people online and make new friends. But not everything is a walk in a beautiful garden. The recent few years have seen an increasing number of cyberstalking cases.
There are people who can go to extents just to trouble a person. There are cases of false accusations, disgracing a particular person or a certain group of people or organization. The effects of this are more than we usually think of. It can even instigate people against a certain person or a certain group of society. But on an individual level, it just threatens our privacy. Just mere thought of a person monitoring your daily activities can make people restless. In this GPS enabled world, our location can be accessed by people by a few clicks of the finger. This can cause great troubles, including kidnapping.
People often mistake social media stalking to cyberstalk. This is not the case sadly. Social media stalking can be an irritating part but certain cases of cyberstalking can be a serious crime and can lead to legal implications as well.
One of the most common forms of cyberstalking is “catfishing” where a person personifies to be someone else, making use of sham identity either for financial gain or for bullying a person. The victim in such a case is usually traumatized and is unable to come to a rational decision of contacting the cyber police and gets trapped by the threats of these” catfishers.”
We should be careful about the websites we try to access. Some of the websites can be malicious. We should remember that cyberstalkers can use emails, phone numbers and other communication methods to stalk us and the outcome can be from as simple as annoying texts to serious problems like kidnapping by using GPS location.
So the concern that lingers our mind is the cause that has lead to the uprise to this serious issue in recent years. Without much brainstorming, we can see that it is none other than “technology”. Technology is something that is handed even to children. While it might be a necessity for many people, we must remember how to use it correctly and stay safe. Many people are usually not aware of the threats to privacy they can face if they act carelessly. We should be cautious about the amount of personal information we show to the world through our various accounts across multiple websites. These can usually be accessed easily by people and we can never be too safe. So be attentive always. While posting pictures, we can turn off the location so that we don’t keep ourselves unguarded to stalkers who might be trying to know our location. These small efforts from our side can create a big difference in ensuring our safety against cyber stalkers.
Technology has become an inseparable part of our lives that we cannot deny but the need of the hour is to understand what we can do with it without hampering our safety and privacy.

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