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Cyber-Bullying: Not Just a Problem for Children
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on February 18, 2013 @ 3:04PM
Created on February 17, 2013 @ 5:01PM

School officials always say that bullying is an issue in today's schools, but what about in a work setting? With the increase of technology cyber bullying has become easier for both teens and adults to use.

"In the school systems, we see an increase in bullying. So the state and our county policy has been able to monitor the students. And we're hoping the parents take a more active role in monitoring what their child is doing at home. And hopefully that will eliminate the bullying that exists in school," said Nathan Haynes, Assistant Principal at Parkersburg South High School.

But that isn't the only issue. According to a recent study done by USA Today, adults have been the victims in cyber bullying especially in
the workplace.

"Yeah, either way bullying exists no matter where you exist unfortunately. But at the adult level if there's harassment they need to contact the local police department," said Haynes.

In the study 82% agreed that cyber bullying is an issue just by posting or messaging a negative remarks. And 9% shared some incidents.

"I think it's always been around. I think you see more of it now with the computers and there's more technology and stuff on it to where people are noticing it more than what they did back then. But I think it's always been around," said Patricia Ryan, Upshur County Resident.

Now next time your on your tablet or on your computer make sure you're aware of what you're posting

"I think it's really ridiculous. Something has to be done about it. There needs to be some sort of internet crackdown, but not to a point where it's going to restrict what everyone does," said Cody Campbell, Lewis County Resident.

So what can be done about this?

"If organizations take the time to first educate before establishing an enforcing policies, privacy can be protected in the workplace without having to sacrifice any of the social activity we all enjoy," said Tony Ascombe, Senior Security Analyst for AVG.

"You can't control what people say about you online, but you can control the ammunition they have against you," said Jenny Ungless, a Life Coach and Workplace Consultant.


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