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Otter Speaks Out Vs Cyberbullying

Imagine a classroom of 25 kids — students facing the challenges of schoolwork and the awkwardness and peer pressure that comes with growing up. Now, imagine 720 classrooms. If you can envision that, you have a mental picture of the pervasive reach of cyberbullying in Idaho. Each year, more than 18,000 Idaho kids receive threatening texts or messages. The smartphone that is a must-have and a connection to family and friends also makes it easier for bullies to target victims — perhaps anonymously, often from a distance. The social networking sites that provide young people a virtual gathering place also provide a stalking ground for bullies. For many adults — no matter how much verbal abuse they saw or heard in school hallways or locker rooms — this new form of bullying is more difficult to comprehend/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP illustration)

Question: Do you consider cyberbullying among juveniles to be a problem in Coeur d'Alene?

Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/10/04/krichert/a_good_first_step_otter_speaks_out_against_cyberbullying#storylink=twt#storylink=cpy

Cyberbullying Growing Among Women

Experts say anytime you are harassed, humiliated or threatened online it’s cyberbullying, and teens aren’t the only victims. ”I hear about adult women retaliating a lot more and retaliating in really vicious ways, to the point where sites get shut down, people drop off of sites,” said Dr. Cheryl Dellasega, author of Mean Girls Grown Up. She says bullying can be one rude comment, or a string of them. “The topics that women are cyberbullied about are really endless. It could be a romance. It could be your parenting practices,” said Dellasega/Mimi Jung, King5.com. More here. AP illustration. (H/T: Liz)

Question: Have you ever been cyberbullied? And/Or: Do you think females of all ages are meaner and more likely to fight one another today than they were years ago?