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Cyber-Bullying: New Study Suggests Teens Fear Online Harassment

A 2010 study by Amanda Lenhart from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 32% of children (between the ages of 12-17 years-old) online have experienced at least one form of online harassment.  Such forms cited include private content forwarded without their permission, receipt of threatening messages, rumors spread, or an embarrassing photo posted online without their permission.

A startling 34% of the teens surveyed, or 1/3, experience sadness or fear related to online harassment which can lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other psychological problems.  These cyber bullying statistics clearly illustrate how more action is needed to prevent incidents of online harassment and cyber bullying among teens.

For more information on Lenhart's study, click here.


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