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School Bullies: From Playground to Cyberspace

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:14pm

The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report about kids being bullied and harassed by their peers on the Internet.  This practice, known as cyberbullying, often takes place through email, instant messenger, blogs, or social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook. 

32% percent of the teens said at least one of these actions had happened to them:

  • Someone taking a private email, IM, or text message you sent them and forwarding it to someone else or posting it where others could see it
  • Someone spreading a rumor about you online
  • Someone sending you a threatening or aggressive email, IM, or text message
  • Someone posting an embarrassing picture of you online without your permission

The study also found that girls are more likely to experience cyberbullying than boys. 

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