In an unfortunate sign of the times, a major insurance company is now offering its clients in the UK a new policy aimed at protecting people from the deleterious effects of cyberbullying.
The first-of-its-kind policy is from Chubb Insurance, which promises to pay out a whopping $75,000 for victims of online harassment.
Compensation can be used in any number of ways to thwart the offending trolls, including counseling and the enlisting of help from professionals who specialize in online reputation management.
Income lost from missed work due to cyber harassment as well as costs associated with relocating are also part of the coverage.
The 'troll insurance' is not the first groundbreaking policy from Chubb, who also provide coverage for losses incurred due to incidents of air rage and identity theft.
Ironically, a few American insurance companies have policies pertaining to cyber bullying, but they protect people who are accused of the offense rather than victims of harassment.
With the alarming rise in cyber bullying amongst teenagers and anonymous harassment of women online, internet users may someday be faced with the frightening prospect that 'troll insurance' could become a necessity rather than a novelty.
Source: The Telegraph