5 Ways to Handle and Prevent Cyber-Harassment

Tips from online security expert and "20/20" contributor Mary Kay Hoal.

ByOpinion By MARY KAY HOAL
March 21, 2012, 4:52 PM

March 22, 2012— -- 1. Recognize the situation for what it is: Online harassment. It can also be referred to as cyberbullying, but regardless of the name, know that this is a sign of weakness for the perpetrator. As upsetting as it can be, recognize that it's extremely important that you DO NOT respond to this person. Engaging with the bully often only makes matters worse. They feed off their victim's misery and pain.

2. Make a copy of the message, photo or video. The best way to do this is to copy the URL of the specific webpage where it's happening. Then screenshot the webpage, just in case. Here are some instructions on how to do that.

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