What was your most astonishing experience on a social network?
I don’t think I’ve really had one yet. I guess the most unusual is on Facebook when people post things that are well known urban legends. I gently encourage them to check out snopes.com before posting anything they get from someone else. The most recent is the supposed Facebook privacy notice – http://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/privacy.asp
How do you think the rights of women and girls worldwide are enhanced by social networks?
That they can interact and support each other now in many ways worldwide, where before it was more just in your neighborhood or school.
What do you think social networks sites can do to be more friendly and safe for women and girls?
Take bullying or harassment reports seriously and act on them as soon as humanly possible. Otherwise, these situations can escalate out of control and we’ll be seeing more stories of suicides in the media because social networks didn’t act fast enough.
What do you think social networks owners should do to insure safety on their sites?
As I wrote above, take reports seriously. If someone is harassing or bullying, they should be banned from the site, either by email address or IP address, so that they can’t do it again.
What is your vision of how social networks could shape our world?
As long as there is harmony on social networking and harassment and bullying are kept to a minimum, it’s a great way to meet new people, stay in touch with people and just generally learn and educate each other and have fun, of course!
Jayne A. Hitchcock is an author and cyber bullying and cyber crime expert. She volunteers with the U.S. DOJ Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and law enforcement agencies worldwide. She has worked tirelessly with legislators in the drafting and passing of many of this country’s Internet laws.
Jayne conducts law enforcement training for local, county, state, military and federal agencies. Her speaking schedule on cyber crime and cyber bullying includes elementary/middle/high schools, universities and colleges. She also lectures at libraries,
conferences, and corporations. She has been featured on Swift Justice, Americas Most Wanted, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, Cosmopolitan and TIME magazines, and local, national and international newscasts, and was selected by
Lifetime TV as their “Champion For Change.
Jayne’s eighth book, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 2nd edition, covers just about anything that can happen online and how to stay safer (netcrimes.net). Jayne’s ninth book, True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder and Mayhem is now available (truecrime-online.com). She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cyber Crimes and Criminal Justice. She is a member of Operations Security Professionals Society, Sisters In Crime (national and New England), Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, National Rifle Association (Life Member), The American Legion, and 3rd Marine Division Association (Life Member).
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