Target 24: Cyber Bullying

Published 11/16 2010 03:14PM

Updated 07/11 2013 05:17PM

Research suggests that one in three online teens have experienced online harassment. Cyber bullying involves texting, social networking sites like Facebook, and emails.

According to studies, nearly 50% of youths who are targets of internet bullying are also targets of conventional bullying.

Cyber bullying  is totally different than conventional bullying because of the empathetic disconnect and the inability to see immediate effects.

Studies also suggest that there is a gender gap and it's mainly older females.

"We have this kind of cultural norm that says girls will be girls and do these catty little things to each other, and that's really not acceptable," Leigh Anne Kraemer of the Ophelia Project said.

Dr. Lori Gornall the Director of High School Education says that legally if an internet problem is causing a student distress, the school has to handle it.

"Student's don't leave stuff at home over the weekend or at some party they went to. It's on Facebook or people are texting about it, it absolutely comes into the school day and we have to deal with it," Gornall said.

Experts say most cyber bullying happens at night and during long unsupervised hours on the computer. If you are being bullied, the most important thing to do is get the message in print in case authorities need to be brought in. Parents need to know who exactly their child is friends with.

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