As we become more and more dependent on technology and the internet, incidents of cyberbullying, online harassment and abuse are continuing to increase. Although most cases that we hear about in the media are tragedies involving teenagers — it has become as much of a problem for adults, as it is for children. In fact, adults can be far more adept at hiding their online identity — and far more malicious and sophisticated in the way they use technology to harm others. The real life impact of an internet based, adult hate campaign can be devastating — cyberbullying, reputation attacks and harassment online have all seen lives lost , careers and businesses damaged , social and professional reputations destroyed , and entire families broken beyond repair. Unfortunately, removing ourselves from the internet and the connected online world is not a realistic option.
Study: 40% of Adults Experience Cyberbullying
Adults – Cybersmile
Remember when bullying happened only face-to-face? Nearly 75 percent of American adults have witnessed online harassment, with 40 percent seeing the brunt of that cyberbullying, according to a survey on the subject by the Pew Research Center. The findings are representative of adult Internet users in the United States and come from the web portion of an online and mail survey of 3, respondents in the American Trends Panel developed by Pew Research. The margin of error for the 2, web respondents is plus or minus 2. The broad trends in the survey show that men are more likely to experience name-calling and embarrassment, while women are more vulnerable to sexual harassment and stalking. Those who experience less severe forms of harassment report fewer emotional or personal impacts, while those with more severe harassment experiences often report more serious emotional tolls.
Adult cyber abuse
We get a lot of emails, phone calls, and comments on this blog from adults who are being bullied though technology. They stress to us that cyberbullying is not just an adolescent problem. Believe me, we know. We receive more inquiries from adults than teens.
This page is about cyber abuse or online abuse experienced by adults. For help with cyberbullying of children, check out our advice for kids , young people , and parents. Contact your local police if you there are threats to your safety or there are threats to your friends or family members.