When do you report a threatening online situation?

If you are attacked or threatened online, how do you decide when it's time to bring in the police or a lawyer?

I'm not sure there is a rule of thumb for this. I would say certainly get help if you felt you were in physical danger from a stalker or someone who leaves threats on your blog.

If someone who sends you messages saying things like, "I know where you live. I know where your kids go to school. I'm going to get you." then I would suggest you call the police. On the other hand, if you get a blog comment saying something like, "How can you be such an idiot?" then it seems safe to blow it off.

Where would you draw the line?

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Virginia DeBolt
BlogHer Technology Contributing Editor

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