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Now consider the research on the prevalence of cyberbullying:

A large scale study of middle and high school students found that almost 50% of students had been the targets of online bullying, while 33.7% admitted having bullied others online.

-Source: Mishna et al., 2010

  • Does the research on cyberbullying ring true to your personal experiences and the examples you shared with your peers?

  • Why do you think it is easier to bully someone using the Internet or social media?

  • How do the characteristics of virtual spaces empower bystanders to have a bigger role in the harmful impacts of cyberbullying?
  • Do you think these same factors can empower bystanders to become upstanders and have a bigger role in stopping cyberbullying? If yes, how?