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Cyberbullying: Can we just blame the kids?

Most of Generation Y have come in contact with cyberbullying. We often blame the problem on teenagers alone – but is this actually the case?

The prospect of cyberbullying is becoming an ingrained part of the Generation Y online experience.Anyone can be targeted — whether the high school student, public figure, or online blogger. It can range from a snide comment on a Facebook page, to private video footage released online without consent.But are we doing enough to limit the damage of cyberbullying, and educate younger generations in how to copy with it?A recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life project stated that 95 percent of teenagers aged between 12-17 are now online, and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites. Furthermore, 41 percent of those surveyed revealed that they have witnessed cruel behaviour online either ‘frequently‘ or ‘sometimes‘.A comparative infographic produced by Check Point suggested that teenagers are the main demographic that experiences ‘unkindness’ online (up to 31 percent). 88 percent stated they had seen examples of cyber bullying.