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Defining a Cyberbully

Illustration showing a depressed child holding a tablet with 3 cyberbullies coming out of tablet.

Traditional bullying and bullying behavior long have existed, but cyberbullying is a relative newcomer. According to a University of Arizona study by Robert Tokunaga, about 20-40 percent of all youths report experiencing it at least once in their lives--although some contend the numbers could be higher.

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University of Arizona principal investigator Sheri Bauman discusses areas of cyberbullying that are fertile ground for more research.

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Cyberbullying expert Peter Smith, a professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, discusses the conflicts with intentions and perceptions as they relate to cyberbullying.

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Peter Vishton, National Science Foundation program director for Cyberlearning, discusses how cyberbullying research fits the NSF mission and is important for prevention efforts.

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