Cyber Bullying / Sexting
When someone uses the Internet to threaten someone or treat them in a negative way this is known as cyber bullying. Such activity is commonly found with teenagers who allow these situations to be reinforced within social groups at school. Cyber bullying can be represented in many forms: such as a student building a webpage making fun of another classmate and spreading the web site link at school for other students to visit or sending threatening IM's or e-mails to that student. Sometimes a teenager will IM a fellow classmate and act like their friend in order to gather private information to spread around school for embarrassment. Cyber bullying is only limited by the creativity and technical ability of the bully.
Unfortunately sometimes the bully is hard to catch. For example, a student that builds a webpage remains anonymous and it is likely being hosted on a server in another state or even out of the country. The company hosting the webpage is not inclined to provide the name or remove it since Internet companies typically feel it is not their role to police the Internet.
If you or someone you know is being bullied make sure to keep as much documentation as possible. If it is in the form of e-mail or IM it should be saved and printed. Consult with the school administration to determine what can be done. Also, keep in mind that bullying can take the form of cell phone text messages.
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