It has been revealed that the majority of British cyberstalking victims are harassed on social networking sites such as Facebook as opposed to through emails and text messages.
365 British victims took part in the study and half of those surveyed said that the person harassing them was either unknown or a total stranger.
Authors of the study are pushing for social networking sites to sign up to a code of ethics and complaints procedure which will outline how to deal with any threats and abuse.
Professor Carsten Maple from the University of Bedfordshire believes there needs to be a clear process of reporting harassment so that the site in question must respond within a certain number of days.
One of the reports co-authors Dr Emma Short, has said that they were amazed by just how traumatised some of the study respondents were, with victims reporting a range of health disorders such as sleep disorders, stress and depression.
The authors of the report are calling on websites, mobile phone companies and internet service providers to put stringent procedures in place to protect the public from online and cyber harassment and are also calling on the police to start taking internet stalking complaints more seriously.
Social networking giant Facebook has recently set up its own safety advisor board in order to improve the procedure of reporting issues and flagging fake and copied profiles.
If you have been affected by cyber bullying and would like information about how counselling may be able to help you to understand your relationships and any anger or passivity issues, then counselling is a therapy which you could find to be of benefit. For full details about how counselling could help you, please visit the relevant fact-sheet.
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