We get a lot of emails, phone calls, and comments on this blog from adults who are being bullied though technology. We know that cyberbullying negatively affects adults too.They stress to us that cyberbullying is not just an adolescent problem. It’s just that we spend the majority of our efforts studying how this problem impacts school-aged youth due to their tenuous developmental stage.
For example, if you are being cyberbullied on Facebook, contact them.
If you are receiving hurtful or threatening cell phone messages, contact your cell phone company to obtain assistance.
They had some modest medical bills and could be reimbursed for costs associated with their AOL account – but these losses added up to less than $1,000.
And while I don’t know the actual amount, I am sure their legal bills were in the tens of thousands of dollars.
That said, I thought I would take some time here to give the adults who have been victimized out there some general advice.
First, it is important to keep all evidence of the bullying: messages, posts, comments, etc.
In that case, the adult victims were being bullied in an AOL chat room.
Everyone agreed that what the bully was doing was wrong, but to what were the victims entitled?
If they are, the police will formally look into it.