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Find out who called my child: Cyberstalking, bullying exposed

Victoria Justice at the premiere of 'Bully' movie in Los Angeles, 2012
Victoria Justice at the premiere of 'Bully' movie in Los Angeles, 2012Kevin Winter, Getty Images

In the last few years, you may have heard the words bullying or cyberstalking in the news quite a bit. With more and more people using cell phones and social networking sites online, the problem of children --or others--being harassed, propositioned, humiliated or in some way, bullied, has grown exponentially.

In 2006, a 13 year old St. Charles, Missouri girl, Megan Meier, committed suicide after being bullied and humiliated online by an adult posing as a teenage boy. Megan was only one of many who made that fatal choice after internet stalking or bullying. In the past decade, there have been several cases of suicide among children who have been bullied, which has prompted tougher cyberstalking laws in many states.

Though much cyberstalking takes place via the internet, many stalkers will use cell phones to further victimize their targets. Previously, cell phone calls were among the hardest threats or harassment to trace due to the lack of Caller ID information available. All of that is about to change, however, due to action taken by The Reverse Phone Lookup Company.

The Reverse Phone Lookup Company has just unveiled a new service called Reverse Cell Phone Lookup. Parents who suspect their child is receiving unwanted calls can now trace the caller's phone number and receive that caller's name, address, former address and GPS location. To use the service, simply enter the offending caller's phone number into the Reverse Cell Phone Lookup service online.

Once parents have the information they need, it will be easier to work with their local law enforcement's task force to put a stop to the cyberstalking.

If you believe that your child is being bullied and your child experiences changes in mood, physical well-being or performance; speaks negatively of herself; seems hopeless; begins giving away possessions or talking about himself as though everyone would be better off without him; injures herself or begins detrimental habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption or drug use, your child may be considering suicide.

Call your local Access Crisis Intervention Hotline, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or seek professional help at the nearest hospital's ER.

Cyberstalking and bullying are both extremely serious situations. If your child is being victimized, your child's feelings should never be ignored or trivialized. Children can become so fearful or humiliated in what seems like a hopeless situation that they can become suicidal --or their own naivet'e can lead to a very dangerous encounter if a sexual predator gains their trust. For this reason, internet usage and all cell phone calls to and from your minor child should be monitored. The Reverse Cell Phone Lookup gives parents that extra peace of mind that perpetrators will not be able to hide under the cloak of anonymity any longer.

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