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Cyberbullying and online teens

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  • Cyberbullying
  • Bullying

Abstract

One in three online teens in the US have experienced online harassment. Girls are more likely to be victims but most teens say that they are more likely to be bullied offline than online. About one third (32%) of all teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities ? such as receiving threatening messages; having their private emails or text messages forwarded without consent; having an embarrassing picture posted without permission; or having rumors about them spread online. Depending on the circumstances, these harassing or 'cyberbullying' behaviors may be truly threatening, merely annoying or relatively benign. But several patterns are clear: girls are more likely than boys to be targets; and teens who share their identities and thoughts online are more likely to be targets than are those who lead less active online lives.

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