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.
If there are ways you can determine who exactly is making the comments, also document that.
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.
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.
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?
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.
That said, I thought I would take some time here to give the adults who have been victimized out there some general advice.
First, it is important to keep all evidence of the bullying: messages, posts, comments, etc.
If you are ever afraid for your safety, you need to contact law enforcement to investigate.