Cyberbullying 2.0: A “Schoolhouse Problem” Grows Up

September 01, 2010

The term "cyberbullying" is commonly used to describe acts of children harassing and threatening each other online. While schools may debatably punish this child-versus-child scenario while the students are on campus,' the Supreme Court has not granted schools carte blanche to punish off-campus student speech. This deficiency, when combined with Internet anonymity' and harassment by adults, renders school-based punishments useless in many scenarios. Furthermore, cyberbullying is not rare-studies show that between fifty and seventy-five percent of teens have been bullied online, while only ten percent have reported this problem to an adult.

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