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88% of Teens Victims of Online Bullying

by Nancy Needhima on  November 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
88 percent of teens have been subjected to mean and cruel behavior on social networking sites. However a majority of these teens who have witnessed bullying, say that two-thirds of their peers are mostly kind, states a new research.
88% of Teens Victims of Online Bullying
88% of Teens Victims of Online Bullying
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According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Centre, these youngsters identified themselves as victims of bullying in 15 per cent of cases.

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Nine out of ten claimed that they ignored hurtful remarks on Facebook, while eight out of ten said they either defended a victim or told the bully to stop.

However, more than one in five said that they had joined in bullying, and eight per cent said it had caused a "physical fight".

One in four said that the experience had resulted in a face to face argument or confrontation with someone, and nearly the same number reported that the internet had cost them a friendship.

Approximately 13 per cent said it had either made them nervous about going to school or caused an argument with their parents.

A senior research specialist at the Pew Internet and American Life, Amanda Lenhart spoke on how social networking sites have become a menace.

"Social networking sites have created new spaces for teens to interact and they witness a mixture of altruism and cruelty on those sites," the Telegraph quoted Lenhart as saying.

"For most teens, these are exciting and rewarding spaces. But the majority have also seen a darker side.

"And for a subset of teens, the world of social media isn't a pretty place because it presents a climate of drama and mean behaviour," she added.

Source: ANI
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