Adults may or may not use the same communication platforms as youth, social media is a shared tool, as are other ones, but also adults use forums and post in the comment sections on media sites more. Forums and chat rooms were the main source of communication on the internet (when not engaging in email) back in the late 1990's and early 00's. Many older adults still find this mode of communication easier and more familiar. Facebook and the comment sections of popular news sites are also a favorite among those above 30.
As adults, we are expected ( by societies standards) to have grown out of bullying behavior or have adapted resiliency and coping skills. We know that neither of this is true, nor is it our fault is we fall victim to a bully at any stage in our life. Which is why the above mentality is slowly changing and why work place bullying has been a huge hot topic in recent years.But with cyberbullying, we still may have a long way to go. It isn't discussed as much and the old belief that an adult has more power to end or walk away from online confrontation, is still very much alive.
This mentality may play a role in adults keeping incidents of cyberbullying quiet. They also may feel that by reporting or discussing it, It could be viewed as weakness. Furthermore, that they may have brought it upon themselves. It is true, we can minimize our role in instigating conflict online, but that doesn't mean systematic and ongoing abuse is okay. Here at Cybersmile, adults and youth can request and receive support without judgement. But many suffer in silence.
Have you encountered cyberbullying and felt that you couldn't discuss it with your friends, co workers or reached out online for help due to the above?
What specifically would you like to see more of to help engage adults in the seriousness of adult cyberbullying? Furthermore, what can we learn from today's youth?