About one-third or 32 percent of all
teenagers who use the Internet report that they’ve been the victim of cyberbullying by other teens, according to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
More than half of all teens surveyed for this report said that bullying now happens more online than it does offline.
Pew says cyberbullying can include the following:
· Sending threatening e-mail messages, instant messages (IM), or text messages
· Forwarding private e-mail messages, IM, or text messages without the sender’s consent
· Posting embarrassing pictures without consent
· Spreading rumors online
Pew also reports that girls are more likely to be targets of cyberbullies, as are teens who share personal details about themselves online.
If you’re a parent, you can help lessen the effects of cyberbullying by encouraging your teenagers to communicate openly with you, and by insisting that they keep personal information off the Web.
Microsoft offers these resources to help counter cyberbullying: