The New Playground

by Robert Pondiscio
October 7th, 2008

Three out of four teenagers report they were bullied online at least once in the last year, according to a new study by UCLA psychologists.  Not yours?  Only one in 10 reported cyberbullying to parents or other adults.

At Ars Technica, blogger John Timmer has a smart take on this.  Parents and teachers are concerned that the anonymity of online bullying exacerbates the problem.  But the study suggests it’s less of a new phenomenon than the playground gone digital.

The authors feel strongly that the fact that real-world bullying strongly predicts cyberbullying and the parallels in behavior both suggest that cyberbullying may not actually be a distinct phenomenon. “These findings further underscore the continuity between adolescents’ social worlds in school and online,” they conclude.