Why must we stop cyberbullying?

Updated on Feb 11, 2009
  • Bullying of all kinds can seriously affect the mental health, academic work, and physical health of children who are targeted.1
  • We must try to end all forms of bullying, particularly the new emerging problem of cyberbullying because:
    • Cyberbullying can occur at any time of the day or night
    • Cyberbullying messages and images can be distributed quickly to a very wide audience
    • Children and youth can be anonymous when cyberbullying, which makes it difficult (and sometimes impossible) to trace them.2
  • Research examining the harm caused by cyberbullying media in comparison to traditional bullying found that although most forms of cyberbullying were rated as having a similar impact, pictures and video clips were perceived to cause much greater harm than traditional bullying.2
  1. Stop Bullying Now! U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. What We Know About Bullying.
  2. Neil Tippett, Fran Thompson, Peter K Smith. Research on Cyberbullying: Key findings and practical suggestions.
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