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Teens on social networks more often victims of cyberbullying

Pew Internet has a new study out about cyberbullying. Among other things it reveals that “32% of all teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities – such as 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.”

Girls are more often than boys being harassed online. And teens who are active on social networks have been bullied more often than those who are non-social network users (39% vs 23% have experience some form of cyberbullying).

However, worht noting is that Pew says that “most teens say that they are more likely to be bullied offline than online”. Full report here in pdf.

See also here – one in four Swedish bloggers have been harassed.

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