Another problem associated with pursuing a bully through civil action is that, even if you are successful and a judge or jury rules in your favor, it can be difficult to determine an appropriate damage amount.I served as an expert witness in a cyberbullying case in the summer of 2008.They ended up settling for a very small amount – just to make a statement to the bully.
A letter sent from an attorney (on law firm letterhead) to the bully may be all that is necessary to get the bullying to stop.
The problem with this approach is that it can be costly.
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.
The evidence that you have collected will help them to evaluate your situation.
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.
It’s no wonder that many teens are wrestling with this problem—they see the adults in their lives saying mean and nasty things to others on a regular basis.