MTV's A Thin Line is a campaign developed to help individuals identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in their relationships and peer groups. Topics include sexting, constant messaging, spying, digital disrespect, and cruelty. The Digital Rights Project outlines a community-generated "bill of rights" for online engagement.
The resources below review the tools and tactics used by abusers to stalk, describe the legal protections available to victims, and offer recommendations for enhancing safety and privacy when using various digital mediums.
"The motivations and techniques of stalkers have remained remarkably consistent over the years. The tools stalkers use, however, have changed over time... Stalkers exploit technology and use it in ways that the creators never intended or envisioned. Technology has given stalkers new tools, enabling them to reach their victims from afar while infiltrating even deeper into their victims’ everyday lives" (Fraser, Olsen, Lee, Southworth & Tucker, 2010).
Nearly three in 10 of 14-24 year olds surveyed said their partner has checked up on them multiple times a day online or via mobile – asking where they are, who they’re with or what they’re doing – (27%), or read their text messages without permission (27%) (Gatti, 2011).
NetSmartzKids is a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement, the program offers resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations.
That's Not Cool is a campaign to help teens draw a "digital line" in their relationships when they experience pressure or disrespect through the use of various communication technologies. The website offers callout cards and an online forum for discussing topics including textual harassment, pic pressure, constant messaging, and rumors.