The Heartache of Bullying Doesn’t Have an Age Limit

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Originally Published on Huffington Post on 10/27/14.

According to a 2014 study by No Bullying.com, over half of young people have been cyber bullied. It ‘s a growing concern synonymous with tweens and teens, causing parents to become hyper vigilant online supervision. But cyber bullying isn’t limited to those dealing with growth spurts and racing hormones.

The other players in the cyber-bullying world are grown-ups — untethered from any moderation and free to troll the Internet. They are as malicious as the adolescent ones you work so hard to protect your children from. Except no one is supervising their activity or protecting their targets. Yes, their victims are other adults. However, adulthood does not come with immunity to the trauma of bullying.

Last month, an article I wrote chronicling my struggles with online dating was published on both xoJane and Huffington Post. It focused on a personal experience, and included photos that were used on my online dating profile. At the end the article, I asked readers to share their own troubles with digital dating. The essay went viral, gaining 30K likes in one week. Apparently my experience hit a nerve with others who were experiencing a similar situation. Continue reading

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