Gang stalking is similar to bullying, but it involves a group of people targeting one individual with the intention of upsetting, intimidating, and harassing them. It can be very difficult for a teen who is targeted in this way, and they may be scared to talk about what’s happening to them. Here are 5 ways that you can protect your teen against gang stalking:
Acknowledge your teen’s fears
Many teens don’t immediately recognize what is happening to them when they’re being stalked by a group. They may feel like they’re imagining things, or that they’re overreacting and simply suffering from anxiety or paranoia. If your child speaks with you about their fears, be sure to acknowledge them and to validate their feelings. Let them know right away that you’ll help them to understand what may be happening. They’ll likely feel scared, intimidated, and unsure of their safety.
Track & document incidents and activities
Many gang stalkers will try to make their victims feel as though they’re imagining the events, and that they aren’t actually happening to them. That’s why it’s so important to begin taking detailed notes of each incident. Help your teen to write down what is happening and when, also taking pictures when necessary, and even using their mobile device to record incidents. Having detailed accounts can be helpful if you do need to turn to law enforcement.
Change their routine
Since stalkers track their victims and find their habits and patterns to continue their behavior, your teen should change up their routine. They may take the same route home from school every day, but that can leave them vulnerable. Find alternatives, such as different walking routes, riding the bus, or picking them up from school. Changing their routine is not a solution, but it can be a way to deter the stalkers and to help your teen feel safer in their daily activities.
Don’t be silent
With gang stalking, the harassers want their victim to keep quiet about what’s happening. If your teen suspects that they are a target of stalkers, they should speak up right away. Encourage them to discuss with you, and be sure to talk to their teachers and school administrators, as well as their employer, if they have a part time job.
Turn to law enforcement
If the stalking doesn’t stop, or worse, if it becomes increasingly intense, it may be time to contact the authorities. You can’t be sure what the gang’s intentions are, and you shouldn’t take the risk of finding out. Show law enforcement the evidence that you have regarding the stalking and harassment. In serious and extremes cases, they may advise you to seek a restraining order from the courts.
Gang stalking is serious and can be extremely upsetting and frightening for teens. If you suspect that your child is a victim, talk with them about it. Follow these tips to keep them safe and to put an end to this type of bullying.
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