Bullying: The Causes And Effects Of 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 response to something that happened or repeatedly happens in person. At least a quarter of them concede having also been bullied online, but only 1.1 percent ever report being cyberbullied and not bullied in person. The seven-year study illustrates that most kids bully someone at some point in childhood and adolescence, and a lot of them stop as they mature; however, arguably just as many go on to be bullies for the rest of their lives. These are all reasons why it’s actually difficult to nail down the cause of bullying behaviors and nip them in the bud. Though it may be uncomfortable to say, there’s room to argue that bullying’s just human nature—that youth is a time during which social spheres become labs in which kids experiment with
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