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Prevalence of Cyber-Bullying - including many commonalities...

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Prevalence of Cyber-Bullying While most internet users report positive experiences and activities online, little is known about experiences of internet victimization, specifically in regards to internet harassment. In 2004, a study was conducted by reaching 1,501 regular internet users by telephone. The subjects of this study included children between the ranges of 10 and 17 that were accompanied through the interview with one parent or guardian (Ybarra & Mitchell, 2004). The results of the study were as follows: “Of the 19% of young regular internet users involved in online aggression, 3% were aggressor/targets (youth who report both being an aggressor as well as a target of internet harassment), 4% reported being targets only, and 12% reported being online aggressors only. Youth aggressor/targets reported characteristics similar to conventional bully/victim youth,
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Unformatted text preview: including many commonalities with aggressor-only youth, and signiFcant psychosocial challenge. The data indicated that aggressor youth frequently targeted people they knew in conventional environments. Youth who reported they had harassed or embarrassed someone online were asked to report whether they knew the target in person; 84% (N=16) said they did. In contrast, few youth who reported being a target of Internet aggression reported knowing the harasser in person (31%, N=30)” (Ybarra & Mitchell, 2004). Although the subjects of this study were specifically minors, its results stand alone in their implications. ±rom these numbers, we can conclude that cyber-bullying is not typically a random event among strangers—in most cases, at least the cyberbullies know who they are targeting....
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