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What constitutes stalking and what can parents do about it

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2024 | Juvenile offenses |

As a parent, you want to protect your child from harm and guide them toward making good decisions. But what if you suspect your child is involved in stalking? Understanding what constitutes stalking and knowing the signs can help you take the proper steps to address the issue.

Stalking goes beyond physical actions

In Washington state, stalking involves repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, or contact that makes someone feel scared or threatened. This can include following someone, sending unwanted messages, making threats or showing up uninvited to someone’s home or workplace.

Stalking is not just physical and can occur online through social media or text messages. The critical factor is that this sort of behavior causes fear or distress to the victim.

The signs to look out for

If you suspect your child might be stalking someone, there are several signs to watch for:

  • Obsessive behavior: Talking obsessively about someone or frequently checking their social media profiles.
  • Controlling actions: Demanding to know someone’s whereabouts or insisting on constant communication.
  • Secretive behavior: Unexplained absences or secretive actions can be considered as red flags.

If your child is already facing stalking charges, it is crucial to take immediate action. 

Getting professional help for your child

You can get counseling for your child to address underlying issues and teach healthier ways to interact with others. You may also want to seek help from a legal professional who understands your child’s rights and responsibilities.

Remember, early intervention can make a significant difference. By recognizing the signs and taking immediate action, you can help your child navigate these challenging times and guide them toward positive behaviors.