Someone has been sending me offensive emails or threatening / harassing me over the internet. What should I do?

Someone has been sending me offensive emails or threatening / harassing me over the internet. What should I do?

If the harassment is physically threatening or contains racial, sexual or religious overtones, it may constitute an offence and should be reported to your local police station as soon as possible. Keep a record of what happened by taking screen shots of abusive pages. (The 'Help' function on your computer should explain how to do this.)

For more advice, visit NetSafe or freephone 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723).

If the person is harassing you online via email, msn or on a social networking site, you can also contact the site and ask them to deal with the person in accordance with their terms and conditions. You can also set up your email to block messages from unwelcome email addresses. NetSafe can help you with this.