Cyberbullying really is that bad


Teenagers can be serious jerks. You don’t need research by the Pew Internet and American Life Project on cyberbullying to know that. It’s interesting to note however, that at the dawn of the 21st century, teenagers have effectively transferred their jerk skills from corporeal to virtual, launching torments once reserved for the lunchroom, school hallway and bus stop into cyberspace.

According to Pew’s recently-released study, “About one third (32 percent) of all teenagers who use the Internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities.” These youthful indiscretions include threatening messages, private online conversations shared with others and embarrassing photos and rumors posted for all the world to forward.

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