Cyberbullying More Prevalent on Social Networking Sites

Cyberbullying is becoming more of a problem in the US. According to new research from the Pew Internet Project [PDF report link], one third (32%) of US online teenagers have been the victim of cyberbullying.

These attacks include 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. When asked what form the cyberbullying took, the most common response was the sharing of private information (IMs, emails, etc) rather than direct threats.

Girls were more likely to be targets of cyberbullying than boys.

Teens who share their identities online are more vulnerable to cyberbullying.  Further, it was observed that there is a direct correlation between time spent online and cyberbullying. Additionally, the use of social networking sites has spurred greater cyberbullying. 39% of social network (Facebook, Myspace) users had been cyberbullied in some way, versus 22% of teens not using social networking sites.

Cyberbullying, unlike bullying in general, can expose a victim to hundreds or even thousands through an email, blog post or profile. Additionally, many cyberbullies use the web to embolden their actions, as they can “hide behind their monitor.”

Via the BBC ; Tags: cyberbullying, cyber bullying, bullying, cyberbully, cyber bully, social networking, teens online, online safety, bullying policy

Arieanna Schweber
Arieanna Schweber has been a part of the Absolute writing team since 2007. Arieanna was Canada’s first female professional blogger and has been professionally blogging since 2006 and has spoken at leading blogging conferences including BlogHer and Northern Voice. Arieanna has a joint degree in Business and Communications from Simon Fraser University and continues to build communities for Vancouver-based clients.
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2 Comments

  1. Cyber-bullying was started as a fun way of teasing others but later it became just like raging in colleges. Parent should inform their kids not to get dishearten by such emails,
    messages etc.

  2. Cyber-bullying was started as a fun way of teasing others but later it became just like raging in colleges. Parent should inform their kids not to get dishearten by such emails,
    messages etc.