Jennifer Perry works with the National Stalking Training Academy on new cyberstalking course

The National Stalking Training Academy launches “Cyberstalking: Technology Risks for Victims”.

“Making it understandable for front line practitioners”

Stalking, harassment and bullying has gone hi-tech. Perpetrators now use the Internet, mobile phones and social networks to gather information, monitor, intimidate and humiliate their victims.

You don’t have to be a computer "geek" to cyberstalk someone. There are a lot of easy-to-use, free tools available online, or as downloadable applications for stalkers to use on a range of devices such as computers and mobile phones.

It has never been more important that all practitioners are aware of these risks.

This new one day training course will enable practitioners of any level or background to offer informed, up to date and practical advice to those they encounter who are either at risk from or already victims of this new and growing threat.

The course will join the popular “Understanding and Responding to Stalking” course and delivered exclusively within the National Stalking Training Academy (NSTA).

The NSTA was launched earlier in the year with the backing of Home Secretary, Theresa May and is a partnership between the Safety Net Associates Group, The Network for Surviving Stalking and the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research.

The key aims of the NSTA are to raise awareness about stalking, harassment and cyberstalking by providing frontline practitioners with the training and knowledge they need to combat stalking and support those affected by it.

“Cyberstalking: Technology Risks for Victims” has been developed for non-technical attendees.

• It will explain the technology and how it works in plain language.
• It will teach practitioners to understand the risks for victims and what they can do to protect themselves.
• It will look at how different technology can be used to stalk or harass someone and how easy it is for perpetrators to use this technology.

Elements covered in “Cyberstalking: Technology Risks for Victims” include:

• What is Cyberstalking
• Warning signs of Cyberstalking
• Understanding Digital Footprints
• What are IP Addresses
• How to find out where a website is hosted
• Social network privacy – Facebook, Twitter & Linked In
• Spyware and key loggers
• What antivirus doesn’t catch
• Account takeover and email hacking
• Geolocation using GPS, cellsite or wifi
• Mobile phone applications
• Websites that expose your personal data
• Mobile phone hacking
• Cookies and browser security settings
• Password security
• Managing multiple email accounts
• Preserving electronic evidence

The training will be delivered by the Network for Surviving Stalking Cyberstalking Spokesperson Jennifer Perry.
Jennifer is an Internet safety expert and consumer advocate. She wrote the first UK Internet Safety Guide for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Stalking.

A member of the NSTA expert group, Jennifer also works with a wide range of stakeholders including: government, enforcement agencies, industry groups, security and legal experts as well as support charities.

This gives her access to the latest thinking on e-crime and anti-social issues facing Internet users. Using this collaborative work, she translates tech speak into clear, easy to use information for consumers - helping them to resolve their problems and avoid becoming an online victim.

The course is available for “in house” delivery to various organisations and agencies. For further details please visit

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