Impersonation with the Intent to Cause Harm

Lisa-Michelle Kucharz Impersonation Facebook Fried Request Cyberbullying Online Harassment

Four years ago today, the online harassment against me intensified with impersonation accounts. I watched in horror as strangers, friends, family, and professional connections were contacted and exposed to horrific lies. The imposter accounts were accompanied by defamatory comments, blogs, posts on third-party websites, threats of violence, hate speech, round-the-clock ridicule, and hundreds of direct messages.

The harassment continued for two years. The accused was eventually arrested for criminal harassment. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in prison and a two-year probation, including a prohibition from using the internet.

Some of the defamatory content lives on, continuing to be a menace and tarnish my reputation.

My experience with online harassment was devastating and also a painful eye-opener to what many youth face today. No one should have to endure online abuse, especially youth.

Today, it’s reassuring to see so many people and organizations helping to diminish cyberbullying. Together, we can make our cyber-world safer and kinder.

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Cyberbullying Prevention Documentation

Cyberbullying Prevention Documentation Kucharz

Cyberbullying Prevention for Parents Presentation By Lisa-Michelle Kucharz

Documenting incidents is critical to stopping cyberbullying and online harassment:

  • Be careful. Don’t click on anything you shouldn’t.
  • Take screen captures. If you’re on the move, take them on your mobile device.
  • The best screen captures include the full browser, especially the URL. It’s easiest to get what you need on a desktop or laptop. If you’re on a Mac, make sure your window is set to show the full URL.
  • Be consistent with your naming convention. Make sure it’s meaningful to you. For example, Profile Name – URL or extension – Description – Date of Screen Capture – Number in Sequence.
  • Sort your documents in folders by date, content type, and profile name.
  • Regularly place your screen captures from your phone and other sources into the categorized folders.
  • Save your documentation in multiple locations. For example, save documents on a computer, an external hard drive, and a secure file sharing platform

Naming convention examples:

  • Lisa-Michelle Kucharz FB lisamichelle.kucharz message to me 10-16-2017 1
  • Lisa-Michelle Kucharz FB lisamichelle.kucharz message to me 10-16-2017 2
  • Lisa-Michelle Kucharz Twitter lmkucharz new blog tweet 10-16-2017 1
  • Lisa-Michelle Kucharz Blog Title 10-16-2017 1
  • Lisa-Michelle Kucharz Blog Title 10-16-2017 2

Folder examples:

  • 10-16-2017
  • Content generated by Lisa-Michelle Kucharz
  • Facebook messages from Lisa-Michelle Kucharz
  • Tweets by lmkucharz
  • Blogs by Lisa-Michelle Kucharz
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Happy Chanukah — Thank You Upstanders

Happy Chanukah Kucharz

Wishing all of my friends, family, framily, and supporters much light and joy this time of year and always.

Chanukah is the holiday when Jews celebrate a time when a small group of resistance fighters stood up for their beliefs and ultimately defeated the largest, strongest militia. It is a reminder of what a handful of dedicated people can do when they come together to stand up for what is right.

Thank you to all of the modern-day upstanders who are taking a stance against bullying and cyberbullying!

Happy Chanukah to everyone who celebrates!

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