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How can a child use a stolen password to cyberbully another child?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
Stolen passwords are used in cyberbullying when a child steals another child's password and converses with other people, pretending to be the other child whose password was stolen. Mean things that offend and anger this person's friends are then posted, causing online turmoil. Examples of stealing passwords by cyberbullies:
  • When a child steals the password of another child and then locks the victim out of his or her own account so they can't get in.
  • When a child uses another child's password to change his or her profile to include sexual, racist, and inappropriate comments or status, which attracts unwanted attention or offends others to start an intentional online war.
  • A stolen password can result in false or fraudulent purchases, lost credits, points, or "loot" within online games.

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