Cyberbullying refers to using communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking sites, email, and text messaging to intimidate someone.
This may include sending threatening or malicious emails, posting embarrassing photos of someone online, making someone reveal personal information or embarrassing things and sharing that information with others.
Cyberbullying is generally associated with young people, but it can affect people of any age, including seniors. Using the Internet is not without risk and elderly people who surf the Web must be wary. Seniors may also be the target of Internet fraud. Internet fraud refers to scams that use email, websites, instant messaging, or social networks to trick victims into giving out money or personal information. Try to disclose as little personal information as possible on any type of website. And remember: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Jean-Luc Lavergne, Sergeant, Economic Crime Investigation Division, Sûreté du Québec
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