Cyberbullying is becoming a major problem on the internet. It is something that is not understood by many people until they actually come face-to-face with it. Because bullying on the internet tends to be more psychological than physical, many people are apt to dismiss it out of hand. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me" does not apply here. Words are the very medium of the internet and they can be used with devastating effect.
It is not limited to children bullying children, either. Many adults have become victims of cyberbullies as well. They're bewildered to find themselves singled out and treated differently from other people in their online group. They find their posts being ignored, marginalized or overruled on a constant basis. They'll find that things they say are being twisted or distorted. Their reputation gets trashed. Often it doesn't help to quit a group, chat or forum and walk away from the situation. The bullies will often follow them online from forum to forum, group to group, chat to chat....
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