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Bullying and Harassment in a Digital World  

Author:  Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 01, Number 01, November/December 2014 , pp.1-4(4)

Bullying, Teen Aggression & Social Media

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Prior to the turn of the century, digital communications may have played a secondary role in peer aggression, but in 2015, digital technology—such as text messaging, social networking, digital pictures, etc.—has become the primary method of communication between youth. This article surveys the current state of digital communications among youth—both positive interactions and negative ones—citing the best current research studies on the use of digital technology in sexual harassment, cyberbullying, and stalking, and coerced sexting.

Keywords: sexting; cyberbullying; teen sex; cyberstalking; harassment; digital communications; online threats; teen dating; teen violence; revenge porn; adolescent sexuality

Affiliations:  1: Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center.

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