Working to Halt Online Abuse

Oct 10, 2014, 11:15 PM

The Social Network Show welcomes Jayne Hitchcock to the October 10, 2014 episode.

Jayne Hitchcock, President of WHOA,  author and cyberbullying/cyber crime expert gives us an update on what is happening in the online world. One trend that has become more prevalent in the last few years is "swatting". Swatting is where an emergency service (like 911) is called upon to respond to an emergency but it is based on a false report. There are reports of teens getting revenge on a winner of an online game by reporting an emergency at the winner's residence. Jayne also shares some very important tips for parents on how to spot if a child is being bullied and how to get help from WHOA. Check out the resources and books listed on Jayne's website, the kids and teens website, and the website.

Jayne A. Hitchcock is an author and cyber bullying and cyber crime expert. She volunteers with the U.S. DOJ Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and law enforcement agencies worldwide. She has worked tirelessly with legislators in the drafting and passing of many of this country's Internet laws.

As president of WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse) at and WHOA-KTD (Kids/Teens Division) at, Jayne continues a mission to educate adults and children in online safety.

Jayne conducts law enforcement training for local, county, state, military and federal agencies. Her speaking schedule on cyber crime and cyber bullying includes elementary/middle/high schools, universities and colleges. She also lectures at libraries, conferences, and corporations. She has been featured on Swift Justice, America's Most Wanted, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, Cosmopolitan and TIME magazines, and local, national and international newscasts, and was selected by Lifetime TV as their "Champion For Change."

Jayne's eighth book, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 2nd edition, covers just about anything that can happen online and how to stay safer ( Jayne's ninth book, True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder and Mayhem is now available ( She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cyber Crimes and Criminal Justice. She is a member of Operations Security Professionals Society, Sisters In Crime (national and New England), Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, National Rifle Association (Life Member), The American Legion, and 3rd Marine Division Association (Life Member).