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To be sure, some web site administrators are better and quicker at this than others.
Also, please be careful not to retaliate – or do anything that might be perceived by an outsider to have contributed to the problem.
Do not respond to the cyberbully except to calmly tell them to stop.
If they refuse, you may have to take additional actions.
If you are ever afraid for your safety, you need to contact law enforcement to investigate.
They can determine whether any threats made are credible.
In that case, the adult victims were being bullied in an AOL chat room.
Do your part to model appropriate behavior and address any hurtful language when it comes up.
In sum, it can be difficult to hold bullies accountable for their actions (for both adolescents and adults).
In a country such as ours that values free speech so highly, many people genuinely believe they can say whatever they want, to whomever they want.
In Wisconsin, for example, it is a misdemeanor if someone uses computerized communication systems to “frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, or harass another person.” It is also against the law to “harass annoy, or offend another person.” See what the laws in your state are to determine if the police should get involved.
If the threats or comments are detrimental to your health, safety, or occupation, you might want to consult with an attorney who specializes in harassment, defamation of character, false light, intentional infliction of emotional distress, or similar types of civil action.
That said, I thought I would take some time here to give the adults who have been victimized out there some general advice.