Study: Cyberbullying isn't just for kids - New York News

Study: Cyberbullying isn't just for kids

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

Cyberbullying isn't just for children anymore, it's extending to the workplace and even the bedroom.

More and more people are finding their dirty laundry popping up online.

A study found adults are using Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools to intimidate and harass co-workers or exes.

Making rude remarks about a colleague, talking behind their back, criticizing their appearance--more and more it's happening online.

"I haven't had any problems, know you have to pick your friends wisely," said Barbara Hoggard.

In a study by AVG Technologies, 1 in 10 say they discovered secret discussions about them online, initiated by colleagues, 11 percent reported embarrassing photos or videos uploaded onto social media sites and 9 percent of adults say information on social media was used to their detriment by a manager.

"Oh yeah, it's getting really bad online, people talking about each other, but you just block them," said Jennifer Lynch.

Others are reporting cyberbullying after a romantic relationship goes sour.

One in 10 say they have received a cyberthreat from an ex and nearly 60 percent of those have had personal photos or sensitive emails and text messages exposed online.

"It's more exes and family members, it's getting really bad posting stuff," said Lynch.

Experts say while you can't control what people say about you online, you can control the ammunition they have against you. So, be careful what you post.

"Nothing is private," said Hoggard.

"I say just stay off the Internet," said Lynch.

37 percent of adults know of a policy that covers cyberbullying in the workplace, but about 25 percent aren't protected because their workplaces do not cover it within their policies.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:43:05 GMT
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
  • Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:18:53 GMT
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
  • NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:53:56 GMT
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying stores were charging a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices