Bullying in Cyber space
Bullying also happens in cyber space. Cyber bullying is defined as "Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others"(1 ).
Online bullying is more of a threat to youths than online sexual predators according to a group of 29 businesses, academics, nonprofits and technology companies called The Internet Safety Technical Task Force (2 ).
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)The number of children who fall victim to cyber bullying rose 50% from 6 percent in 2000 to 9 percent in 2005 (3 ).
It is estimated that thirteen million children between 6 to seventeen and been a victim of cyber bullying. A third of youths between 12 and seventeen have had mean, threatening or embarrassing things said about them online. One sixth of children between 6-11 have had the same experience. Ten percent of teenagers and four percent of younger children have been threaten them physical harm. 16 % of teens and preteen's who have been victim of cyber bullying told no one about it. About half of kids between 6 11 told their parent. Only thirty percent of older children told their parents Preteen are as likely to receive a harmful message at home as they are at school. Among older youths 30 percent receive harmful messages at school and seventy percent received them at home. 17 percent of preteens and seven percent of teens say they worry about bullying at the start of the New school year (4 ).