Related Studies About Cyberbullying

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The Internet age has brought with it the new form of social torture among kids, which is cyberbullying, and ever since the term was coined, there’s been increased attention to it from parents, media, school faculties, therapists and law enforcement. Researchers have also been studying the effects of cyberbullying, but there are fewer studies about the cyberbullying from the perspective of the bully. A newly published, seven-year study examines this from an uncommon lens. Interestingly, it comes on the heels of a study that found it an unexpectedly common behavior for kids to cyberbully themselves now; plus, cyberbullying is being distinguished from general trolling, too.

Most people (71.5 percent) who report having been bullied do so in
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An earlier study conducted by researchers from Florida Atlantic University explained that 6 percent of kids in middle and high school reportedly cyberbully themselves. “We knew we had to study this empirically, and I was stunned to discover that about 1 in 20 middle- and high-school-age students have bullied themselves online,” said Sameer Hinduja, the author of the study and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center at FAU. The age range he specified runs from age 12 to age 17. “This finding was totally unexpected, even though I’ve been studying cyberbullying for almost 15 years.”

Much of this occurs on social media according to the study. Hinduja said self-cyberbullying first garnered attention back in 2013 after Hannah Smith, a 14-year-old girl in England, committed suicide after a series of harassing posts on social media. The police investigation that followed later found that Smith had written these posts herself. The study illustrates that digital self-harm, as it’s sometimes called now, is slightly more prevalent in boys than in girls. Boys conceded that they did so jokingly, yet girls reported doing it because they were suffering from depression to some
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These trolls aren’t just roaming lions seeking whom they may devour, though it can seem as such; rather, experts from Cornell University and Stanford University concur that “ordinary people can, under the right circumstances, behave like trolls.” Trolling is essentially the act of making a joke out of everything that is said such that conversation might get tedious, but the jokes have to be aimed at someone. They don’t necessarily have to be derisive, but they usually end up turning into cyberbullying within minutes if there’s
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