January is Stalking Awareness Month, so we’re taking an in-depth look at cyberstalking and how it affects life on campus. Cyberstalking has grown from a noteworthy trend in 1999 to a cause for serious attention and caution in 2012. Digital communication, social networking websites and mobile Internet has changed the scope of the cyber world, and all are prominent on college campuses. Though many students are often connected, there are many ways to protect yourself.
The United States Department of Justice defines cyberstalking as “The use of Internet, e-mail or other electronic communications devices to stalk another person.” For today’s college student, the line between an offline life and an online one is blurred, or never existed at all. This high use-rate of digital communication puts college students in a very high-risk population for cyber-stalking in a way unimaginable when cyberstalking first landed on the DOJ’s radar in 1999.