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The Impact of Cyber Bullying: A New Type of Relational Aggression
Jennifer M. Johnson
Cyber bullying is unique to other more traditional forms of bullying because of the perpetrator’s anonymity and ability to harass their victim 24 hours a day. Anonymity inherited in many electronic communications modes not only fosters playful disinhibition but reduces social accountability, making it easier for users to engage in hostile, aggressive acts (Li, 2007). This new technology [also] allows victims to be attacked at anytime, and in any place (David-Ferdon & Hertz, 2007). The invincibility and anonymity of cyber bullies makes it difficult to manage within the school system and opens the door for more youth to take part in this type of behavior.