Report finds romance, friendship are fertile grounds for cyberbullying attacks

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A recent study shows that electronic and online threats to young people don’t necessarily originate from strangers, but are disproportionately sent from friends and romantic partners.

In Toxic Ties: Networks of Friendship, Dating, and Cyber Victimization, which appears in Social Psychology Quarterly, researchers Diane Felmlee and Bob Faris examined instances of youth cyber aggression among a sample of 788 eighth- to 12th-graders in a longitudinal study of a New York school. More …

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