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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?