Traditionally, bullying has been a face-to-face ordeal, often involving a kid or teen being emotionally or physically cruel to another. But now, thanks to advances in technology, bullies can attack their victims in cyberspace, through things like emails, texts and posts on social media sites.
Who is Affected?
According to an article on StopBullying.gov, statistics from 2008-2009 show that 6 percent of students in grades 6 through 12 experienced cyberbullying. A 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey found that 16 percent of high-school students were bullied electronically within the last year. As the article points out, although research on this topic is becoming more prevalent, it can be hard to accurately assess how common this problem is, in part because technology is changing so rapidly.