'Cyberstalking': Worse Than in-Person Harassment?
Psychologist Warns of Stress and Trauma From Stalking via the Internet
What to Do About Cyberstalking
Interestingly, the same technologies used to cyber-harass can also be used to intervene and prevent harassment and violence, Carll says.
"A cell phone application that can tell you if someone threatening you is nearby could be lifesaving," she says.
"We also have to train people to protect themselves by using secure passwords," Carll says. "Never give your password to anyone else."
Also, some states are considering mandating the use of GPS tracking devices on offenders to allow victims to keep tabs on them, Carll says.
Additionally, new federal legislation that addresses all forms of technology used for harassment and stalking needs to be passed, she says.
These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.