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Helping Kids and Families Stay Safe: Workshops on Cyberbullying and On-Line Safety
Kelly Duncan, Holly Nikels, Michele Aurand, and Gerta Bardhoshi
Cyberbullying is becoming increasingly prevalent in the youth culture and can occur both on and off school property. Instant messaging networks, blog sites, private web sites, and online social networks are all potential grounds for cyberbullying (Stover, 2006). Hinduja & Patchin’s 2006 study on the topic indicated that a lmost 80% of cyberbullying occurs online. Children are the largest group using computers and experiencing cyberbullying as they are frequently left unsupervised at the computer and their privacy concerns are accepted by parents (Anderson & Strum, 2007). Some research indicates that fifty-five percent of cyberbullying experiences occur in chat rooms. Twenty-eight percent of students surveyed reported being bullied via email (Hinduja & Patchin, 2006a).