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