Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Researchers dispel myths about cyberbullying

Researchers dispel myths about cyberbullying

by Larry MagidThis post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News
Michele Ybarra
A lot has been written about cyberbullying and I’ve seen some articles claiming that cyberbullying is more prevalent and more severe than in-person bullying. Some even refer to it as an “epidemic.”
But, in a presentation at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conference in Washington last week, a leading researcher on youth risk reported that the popular belief is actually a misconception. Compared to that bullying that takes place at school and other in-person venues, online bullying is both less prevalent and less distressing.

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