iPredator Concept by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. Reviewed

Oct 11, 2019 by


Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is the author of the dark side of cyberspace concept called iPredator (2010). iPredator is a cyberbullying, cyberstalking and cybercriminal minds concept that presents eight types of online assailant. With permission from Dr. Nuccitelli, pasted here is the definition.

iPredator Definition

iPredator: a person, group, or nation who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, coercion, stalking, theft, or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT). iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power, control, and retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance, or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age or gender and are not bound by economic status, race, religion, or national heritage. Their sole requirement to get started in this dark dimension is an internet connection.

Central to the concept is the premise that information age criminals, deviants, and the violently disturbed are psychopathological classifications new to humanity. Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, cybercriminal, online sexual predator, cyberterrorist, internet troll, online child pornography consumer/distributor, or a person engaged in internet defamation or nefarious online deception, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:

A. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT. B. The usage of ICT to obtain, tamper with, exchange and deliver harmful information. C. A general understanding of cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, locate, stalk, and engage a target.

Unlike human predators prior to the information age, iPredators rely on the multitude of benefits offered by ICT. The primary differentiators of this very modern kind of predation are also threefold: the unlimited distance over which data can be conveyed, the immediacy with which the data can be conveyed, and the unlimited scope of data that can be conveyed. The importance of these three vectors of capability cannot be overstated.

In pre-information age societies, by contrast, a predator’s malicious activity was essentially local, slow-moving, and technologically constrained; the predator was limited to the area he could cover by car, to use an emblematic example, needed careful wooing or “casing” of his victim, and was restricted by the limitations of relatively crude technologies like the telephone.

In the abstract and artificial electronic universe known as cyberspace, none of these restrictive qualifiers obtain. Furthermore, there is a fourth advantage that ICT offers iPredators: anonymity. On the internet it is easy for iPredators to actively design online profiles and diversionary tactics to remain undetected and untraceable.

At his educational internet safety website, he offers a ton of free information for parents, schools and all online users. After reading Dr. Nuccitelli’s concept; these are my conclusions.

IT is out there- and I am not talking about Instructional Technology- but the Internet- you know-the World Wide Web. And while it is chock filled with useful information, it is also a quagmire, a cesspool of people eager to take your money- and your virginity – if they could. Instead they want your Master Card, Visa or American Express (mine left home without me) and some predators want to lure young girls in, seduce them, proposition them and force them to use those cameras for nefarious purposes.

Dr. Michael Nuccitelli has written a very important, and cogent concept that parents and teachers and even academic institutions should read- because- well- millions of people are on the Internet and danger lurks everywhere. Parents need to monitor whatever their children are watching on the Internet- because it is loaded with pornography, and traps and seductions. Teachers need to understand that the Internet is in some instances a worthwhile reference source- but it can also be a trap- a place where sexploitation can occur and a place where one mistake can “go viral” and impact someone for the rest of their lives. Teachers and parents need to work together to make sure that children are not used, abused or exploited and not exposed to anything inappropriate.

Dr. Nuccitelli has had extensive experience working with those who have been used, abused and exploited and have had major difficulties with scams, and various other traps on the Internet. He has written a cogent, comprehensive paper that will help parents, teachers and even university professors assist in the proper use of the Internet and guard against those malicious abusers and exploiters out there. We must all be safe out there on the Internet and children, adolescents and even adults must be cautioned, taught and instructed about appropriate behavior on the Internet. I recommend it most highly.

To download, save or print free PDF copies of Dr. Nuccitelli’s work; click the “Visit iPredator” button to be redirected to his internet safety website. Once on the page, click on the blue download button for the hyperlinked version or the black text only download button best for printing. Be sure to bookmark his site as he has an enormous amount of educational content.

Michael F. Shaughnessy, Eastern New Mexico University Professor of Education     


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