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Bebo Users Most Affected By Cyberbullying

In a survey done by the charity BeatBullying, it has been reported that 340,000 teens in the UK have been subjected to bullying over mobile phones or the internet.

The report that has been released to coincide with the National Anti-bullying Week, also reported that teenagers faced the maximum level of abuse on the social networking site Bebo and Microsoft’s instant messenger service, Windows Live Messenger.

It was also reported that, out of the 2,094 youngsters in the age group of 11 to 18 years that were interviewed, two thirds of them had witnessed some or the other form of online bullying, 58% of which happened on Bebo and Windows Live Messenger.

Expressing her views on the subject, Emma-Jones Cross, who runs the organisation, Beatbullying, said that internet service providers, social networking sites and the mobile phone companies should keep a check on offensive material and remove it within six hours of being posted.

This cruel use of the internet brings to light the unchecked reign of the anonymous bullies who abuse tend to their peers and strangers alike without actually coming face to face with their victim and hence they could not understand the adverse affect bullying has on their victims.

Our Comments

Bullying, either in person or in cyberspace, should not be tolerated since it can have devastating effect on the upbringing of teenagers and young people. The problem though is that it is very difficult to intervene in one-to-one communications.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.