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Cyberbullying In the article Psychological, Physical, and Academic Correlates of Cyberbullying and Traditional Bullying, (Kowalski, Limber) there

is discussion about the growth of bullying through electronic means, and how it now compares to bullying face-to-face. As they targeted kids in middle school and high school, they found that a surprisingly high amount of students have witnessed this bullying, whether they have been a victim, bully, or knowing bystander. Cyberbullying is a growing problem, as students havent always had the means to interact electronically. Now students have access to cell phones and the internet which allows a lot of interaction, which may feel less confrontational as students arent necessarily bullying in person. It seems that students are more likely to engage in electronic bullying if they have been involved in some way in traditional bullying. The students are beginning to make a transition to the newer, cyber form.1 Another article, Electronic Bullying Among Middle School Students brings up the fact that bullying in this way is not likely to stop anytime soon. Students have 97 percent of adolescents have access to the internet, and half own cell phones.2 It appears that text messaging is the most common way of cyber bullying. This makes sense, when students say things and dont have to worry about an immediate reaction back from their victim as they cant really see them or hear them. Girls also seem to be more likely to be involved in the electronic bullying. Students who have been bullied are also more likely to bully others. 2 This shows that students need to be supervised more heavily when using electronics. They should be taught more about etiquette with electronics. Kids arent able to understand that they need to be careful what they say, even when they are on the internet or cell phones. Imagine the problems this causes within the schools because the students arent visibly harassing each other, so the teachers are having a harder time figuring out how to handle the situation. I believe that this will come down more to a parents involvement in their childs life and teaching about interaction and electronic courtesy.

Kowalski, Robin M. Ph.D.; Limber, Susan P. Ph.D. Psychological, Physical, and Academic Correlates of Cyberbullying and Traditional Bullying. Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 53, July 2013. Web. 27 Sept. 2013. 2 Kowalski, Robin M. Ph.D.; Limber, Susan P. Ph.D. Electronic Bullying Among Middle School Students. Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 41, Dec. 2007. Web. 27 Sept. 2013.