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Bureau of Justice Assistance Releases Report on Online Behaviors as Real-World Threats

January 22, 2014

BJA Online Behaviors As Real-World ThreatsThe Bureau of Justice Assistance has released "Real Crimes in Virtual Worlds.” This report, developed by Drexel University and Drakontas, focuses on how threatening behaviors among youth within online video games, virtual worlds, and social networks can pose real-world threats in schools. These online behaviors include bullying, threats, harassment, stalking, and abuse. The report highlights how virtual environments can help law enforcement, school resource officers, and school administrators become aware of real-world criminal intent, offers strategies for detecting and preventing online threats to improve school safety, and provides resources about suspicious or threatening online activities.

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View and download the report.

Learn more about cyberbullying at www.stopbullying.gov.