Cyberbullying reaches beyond the playground
from By Peter Martini
Bullying was once considered an essential part of growing up, especially during middle or junior high school, building character in the participants because it was believed the victim would put an end to it, usually in a physical altercation. Before the digital revolution of the past 15 years, being a bully or the victim generally had a lot to do with physical attributes and the physical proximity between the participants. The digital age has erased even that small barrier, making it possible for children to further invade each other's personal space to humiliate, demean and disenfranchise each other, in addition to creating a sense of fear in the victim.
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