Kingston, New York (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
In the United States, October is both National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, a New York State licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, announces offering free bullying & cyber bullying information to media, educators and parenting organizations during National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. Cyber bullying tactics, victimization dynamics and risk potential factors are some of the many topics he is prepared to discuss.
Dr. Nuccitelli is honored that the American College of Forensic Examiner International (ACFEI) recently published his full cyberbullying tactics article in their quarterly forensics magazine, The Forensic Examiner. In December 2011, Dr. Nuccitelli’s technological predator construct, iPredator, was published introducing ACFEI members to his theory of the typologies of people who engage in malevolent and nefarious activities using Information and Communications Technology. Children of the 21st century are targeted via classic bullying, cyber bullying, or a combination of the two. Given the evolution of digital technology and growth of the internet, cyber bullying has reached epidemic proportions among the pediatric segments of society and has become a permanent weapon in the bully's toolbox.
At the core of all bullying, cyber and classic, are victimization, disparagement, and abuse of a targeted child. Child abuse, whether perpetrated by a child or adult, is detrimental to all aspects of their development, following them into adulthood and throughout their lifespan. Stated by Dr. Nuccitelli, “Cyberbullying teaches a child to develop and implement information technology strategies aimed at harming their peers. In essence, these children are learning to use cyberspace in the complete opposite way it was designed for.” Of the various typologies included in iPredator, a significant percentage of children engaged in cyberbullying are included. A brief definition of his two constructs is as follows:
iPredator: A child, adult or group who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age, either gender and not bound by economic status, race or national heritage.
iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, deviant or abusive behaviors using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, cyber criminal, online sexual predator, internet troll or cyber terrorist, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:
I. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT. II. The intermittent to frequent usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to obtain, exchange and deliver harmful information. III. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.
Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators rely on the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in an abstract electronic universe.
Educators, parents and the community at large must treat cyber bullying as a societal toxic phenomenon. To thwart this growing epidemic, it is paramount the adult community becomes educated on the tactics cyber bullies use to taunt and victimize vulnerable children. To help stem the growth and widespread usage of Information and Communications by children who abuse other children, Dr. Nuccitelli is offering free bullying/cyberbullying information to media, educators and parenting organizations during National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. Cyberbullying tactics, victimization dynamics and risk potential factors are some of the many topics he is prepared to discuss.
About iPredator Inc.
iPredator Inc. was founded in 2012 to provide education, investigation and consultation to consumers and organizations on cyber bullying, cyber harassment, cyber stalking, online sexual predation, cybercrime, cyber terrorism, internet safety and digital reputation. Created by a New York State licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, iPredator Inc.’s goal is to reduce victimization, theft and disparagement from online assailants. In addition to assisting citizens, iPredator Inc.'s mission is to initiate a nationally sustained Internet safety educational & awareness campaign. In June 2012, Dr. Nuccitelli & iPredator Inc. launched their Internet Safety Education & Investigation website offering site visitors an enormous amount of free information. Dr. Nuccitelli has extensive media experience and truly enjoys educating the public on Cyberbullying, iPredator Awareness, Internet Safety, Internet Culture & local/national criminal news.
Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C.
NYS Licensed Psychologist