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Cyber bullying statistics refers to Internet bullying. It is a form of teen violence that can do lasting harm to young people. Bullying statistics shows that cyber bullying is a serious problem among teens. Being aware of it saves and prevents teens and adults from experiencing it.
Cyber bullying affects many adolescents and teens on a daily basis. The gateway of such an experience is technology, like cell phones and the Internet; with these media anyone can be bullied or harassed.
Cyber bullying can take many forms:
Sending mean messages or threats to a person's email account or cell phone
Spreading rumors online or through texts
Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages
Stealing a person's account information to break into his/her account and send damaging messages Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person
Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet
Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person
Cyber bullying can be very damaging to adolescents and teens. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicide. Also, once things are circulated on the Internet, they may remain, resurfacing at later times to renew the pain of cyber bullying.
Many cyber bullies think that bullying others online is funny. Cyber bullies may not realize the consequences for themselves of cyberbullying. The things teens post online now may reflect badly on them later when they apply for college or a job. Cyber bullies can lose their cell phone or online accounts for cyber bullying. Also, cyber bullies and their parents may face legal charges for this.If the cyber bullying was sexual in nature, the results can be dubbed as an offender. Teens may think that if they use a fake name they won't get caught, but there are many ways to track someone who does this act.
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