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Study: Cyberbullying isn't just for kids

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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.

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